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by The New York Times | Sat, 04/20/2019 - 7:35am | 0 comments
"In July 2013, a broadcaster affiliated with the Islamist group Hezbollah posted a threatening video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It featured gun-toting militants practicing an ambush to kidnap Israeli soldiers. The message: This is how we kill you."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 04/20/2019 - 6:36am | 0 comments
"A militant band of women loyal to the Islamic State is terrorizing others who fled the battlefront for this sprawling camp in northeastern Syria, demanding they adhere to the strict codes once enforced by the group and creating a vexing problem for the Kurdish-led forces controlling the site."
by The New York Times | Sat, 04/20/2019 - 5:01am | 0 comments
"The Islamic State has claimed its first attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, planting a flag in a region already troubled by violence and an outbreak of the Ebola virus."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:34pm | 0 comments
Agents have discovered a new tactic in counter surveillance as they continue to apprehend large groups and gang members attempting to illegally enter the United States.
by The Washington Post | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:14pm | 0 comments
"President Trump’s veto of legislation designed to disentangle the United States from a punishing war in Yemen sets the stage for a continued stalemate in the conflict, former officials and analysts said, with civilians likely to pay the highest price."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 7:47pm | 0 comments
"The gathering was to have been the first since the latest effort resumed that Taliban and government officials were to be in the same room."
by Voice of America | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:30am | 0 comments
"Suspected separatist militants ambushed a bus in southwestern Pakistan before dawn Thursday and killed 14 passengers, mostly navy personnel."
by USA Today | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 8:15am | 0 comments
"ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Afghanistan, noted for their brutality in a brutal land, pose the top threat for spectacular attacks in the United States, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official."
by Reuters | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 8:05am | 0 comments
"A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation."
by Military.com | Thu, 04/18/2019 - 7:24am | 0 comments
"The Marine Corps plans to launch an urban-combat operations experiment this summer, and the service wants defense firms and academia to submit ideas for weapons and fighting technologies aimed at making Marine infantry units more effective in this deadly environment."
by Jerusalem Post | Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:49pm | 0 comments
"Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's senior advisor, told foreign diplomats on Wednesday that the 'deal of the century' will be released in June, after Ramadan, a source familiar with the remarks told The Jerusalem Post."
by Reuters | Wed, 04/17/2019 - 6:27am | 0 comments
"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had reason to believe that leaking U.S. military reports "would cause injury" to the country, federal prosecutors alleged in a newly unsealed court filing on Monday."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 5:28pm | 0 comments
Jane's 360 - "The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed."
by The Jamestown Foundation | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 5:12pm | 1 comment
"Russia’s growing employment of non-linear forms of warfare (including private military contractors) has long historical traditions. This paper seeks to discuss the main milestones of historical evolution of Russia’s use of mercenary and irregular forces from Tsarist Russia to the final days of the Soviet Union."
by Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:20pm | 0 comments
"Piercing the Fog of Peace: Developing Innovative Operational Concepts for a New Era" is meant to stimulate discussion of, and ultimately spur action to develop, the concepts and capabilities the United States needs to prevail in a more dangerous world.
by Foreign Affairs | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"Much remains uncertain about the U.S. withdrawal. But whatever the final troop levels turn out to be, Trump’s decision to significantly reduce the American footprint in Syria is unlikely to be reversed."
by Voice of America | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:21pm | 0 comments
VOA News Video Report: "An already bad situation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso appears to be getting worse."
by CNN News | Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:37am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is developing new military options for Venezuela aimed at deterring Russian, Cuban and Chinese influence inside the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, but stopping short of any kinetic military actions, according to a defense official familiar with the effort."
by Army Times | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:58pm | 0 comments
"New details on the Army’s future vertical lift program show more about what they and their Marine Corps and special operations partners want out of their latest helicopter program, the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft."
by Voice of America | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:17pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. military confirmed Monday that it carried out an airstrike that killed the deputy leader of Islamic State militants in Somalia. U.S. Africa Command said Sunday's airstrike near the village of Xiriiro in Somalia's Bari region killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim."
by CNN News | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:50pm | 0 comments
"This week President Donald Trump signed an executive order extending a presidential declaration of a national emergency concerning Somalia for another year, calling the Islamist insurgency plaguing that country an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US."
by Foreign Affairs | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:22am | 0 comments
"There’s No Good Way to End a Bad War, but Some Options Are Worse Than Others"
by Voice of America | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:56am | 0 comments
"The Philippines is edging further back into a once strained alliance with the United States as China, a friend of three years, keeps challenging Manila’s maritime claims and offers less aid than many Filipinos had hoped."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:32am | 0 comments
"With Islamic State’s physical caliphate destroyed, the West faces an urgent challenge: what to do with foreign fighters and their families. Mishandling the problem could create decades of security threats in the U.S. and Europe, and several American allies are bungling this test."
by Agence France-Presse | Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:00am | 0 comments
"The Taliban on Friday announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the US and Afghan politicians try to negotiate for a peace settlement with the Islamist militants."