"The Mexican government is in a prolonged state of civil war with various cartels, and the state is losing. Rampant corruption from the local to federal level breaks down the fundamental principal-agent relationship between the government and its population, encouraging locals to turn to militias for protection. The militias are, in part, a result of widespread corruption as well as the Mexican military’s deterioration. Mexico’s military faces large numbers of desertions, while measures to provide security for its population continue to fail."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:41pm | 1 comment
"After more than 17 years of fighting, U.S. diplomats have been working with Taliban representatives at a breakneck pace to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan. The talks appear to be driven by President Donald Trump, who is eager to close out America’s costly foreign wars."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 3:04am | 0 comments
"Taliban representatives will meet influential Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow for two days of peace building discussions starting Tuesday, but envoys from the Kabul government will not be in attendance."
by The New York Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:51am | 0 comments
"President Trump plans to keep United States troops in Iraq to monitor and maintain pressure on neighboring Iran, committing to an American military presence in the region’s war zones even as he moves to withdraw forces from Syria and Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:57am | 0 comments
Trump said Sunday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is "an option." But in comments to CBS, he did not say what would prompt him to send in U.S. forces.
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"In Nigeria, an affiliate of the terrorist group has seized hundreds of square miles of territory and could disrupt a presidential election this month."
by Jerusalem Post | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"Iran’s Press TV boasted on Saturday that “Hashd al-Shaabi stop US military patrol in Iraq’s Mosul.” The Hashd – also called the Popular Mobilization Units – are a group of militias that have grown in the last several years in response to the ISIS attack on Iraq in 2014. Some of the militias, such as Badr, have deep roots in Iraq, with leaders who fought alongside the Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war."
by The Los Angeles Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:17am | 0 comments
"A record 2,518 people were killed here in 2018 — nearly seven times the total in 2012. With 140 killings per 100,000 people, Tijuana is now one of the deadliest cities in the world. Across the border in San Diego, there were 34 homicides last year, or just over 2 killings per 100,000 people."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 2:00pm | 0 comments
"Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is expected to announce Sunday when humanitarian aid will be delivered to the crisis-ridden country. Guaido told supporters Saturday the opposition would start collecting humanitarian aid in Brazil, Colombia and an unnamed Caribbean island and called on the military to allow the aid into the country."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 1:05pm | 0 comments
"Philippine troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in fierce jungle fighting that left five soldiers and three militants dead, as the military pushed forward with a fresh offensive following a deadly church bombing last weekend."
by Defense News | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 9:04am | 0 comments
"If the U.S. Air Force takes two years to conduct a light-attack experiment — made possible in part by industry investments — and then abandons it, why should defense contractors buy into the next one? That was the question posed to the Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition official by one attendee of a Feb. 1 event held by the Air Force Association."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:30am | 0 comments
"On Saturday morning, just before massive pro-opposition demonstrations were set to take place across Venezuela, a high-ranking military officer published a surprising YouTube video."
by The New York Times | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:24am | 0 comments
"Lebanon’s newly formed government, which gives the Islamist movement Hezbollah key ministries, has raised concerns that the country could run afoul of sanctions by the United States that prohibit material support for the Iran-backed group."
by InSight Crime | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:19am | 1 comment
"The suspected arrival of around 100 Russian mercenaries in Venezuela to provide protection for Nicolas Maduro has set alarm bells ringing internationally while heightening the sense of insecurity surrounding the president and his entourage."
by The New York Times | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:14am | 2 comments
"Many experts worry that the U.S. is repeating the mistakes of Vietnam in Afghanistan. Afghanistan long ago took from Vietnam the title of America’s longest war, when it passed the 13-year mark in 2014."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"France is in discussions about repatriating Islamic State fighters and their families, a policy shift prompted by the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The French government confirmed this past week that French jihadists detained in Syrian camps may be returned to France."
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by The Washington Post | Sat, 02/02/2019 - 1:17am | 0 comments
"At the edge of a bridge leading into the heart of the devastation from a 2017 siege against Islamic State-linked militants, an electric-blue billboard stands apart from the ruins. 'Marawi will rise again! Soon . . .' it proudly declares in rainbow-colored letters. So far, it sounds like an empty promise."
by Military Times | Sat, 02/02/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"As President Trump considers pulling all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, and with the Senate coming together this week to rebuke such a plan, a watchdog report released this week showcases the fragility of the reconstruction effort."
by Voice of America | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 3:23pm | 0 comments
"For the past decade, Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) have been granted to Iraqi and Afghan interpreters and professionals working for the U.S. government who face credible threats because of their employment. But this week, the U.S. moved closer to a peace agreement with Taliban officials, raising the possibility of American troop withdrawals, and beyond that, the huge demand for SIVs by interpreters and others who work with the U.S. military and face great danger when the troops leave."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:48am | 1 comment
"The Republican-led U.S. Senate approved a mainly symbolic bill opposing plans to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan in a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump."
by U.S. Army TRADOC G2 Mad Scientist Initiative | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 3:55am | 0 comments
"Mad Scientist welcomes back returning guest blogger Dr. Nir Buras with today’s post. We’ve found crowdsourcing (i.e., the gathering of ideas, thoughts, and concepts from a widespread variety of interested individuals) to be a very effective tool in enabling us to diversify our thoughts and challenge our assumptions. Dr. Buras’ post takes the results from one such crowdsourcing exercise and extrapolates three future urban scenarios. Given The Army Vision‘s clarion call to “Focus training on high-intensity conflict, with emphasis on operating in dense urban terrain,” our readers would do well to consider how the Army would operate in each of Dr. Buras’ posited future scenarios."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:46am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration struggled this week to clarify its intentions in Afghanistan, after the president’s call to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops and reports that it was negotiating a departure schedule with the Taliban, rather than with the Afghan government."
by Voice of America | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:41am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is sending an additional 3,500 troops to the U.S. southern border with Mexico to assist with border security measures."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/01/2019 - 1:42am | 0 comments
"Two months of testimony in a federal courtroom here have offered an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the Sinaloa drug cartel, complete with tales of gruesome murders, diamond-encrusted pistols, caches of cocaine smuggled in cans of peppers and, at the center of it all, a defendant who twice escaped from prison.