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by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:18pm | 0 comments
"Photos of the fight for Tripoli between forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general and the U.N.-backed government paint a picture of brutality and bloodshed."
by Defense One | Fri, 06/28/2019 - 3:56pm | 0 comments
"In an exclusive interview, Amb. Jim Jeffrey also confirmed a breakthrough agreement that could restart the Geneva peace process."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 06/28/2019 - 5:43am | 0 comments
"An emerging U.S. plan for deterring attacks on tankers that Washington blames on Iran calls for ships from Arab, Asian and other foreign nations to stand watch in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman while maritime patrol planes fly overhead, U.S. officials said."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:54am | 0 comments
"The Senate passed a $750 billion defense bill Thursday without resolving whether it will seek to restrain President Trump from going to war with Iran, the most politically divisive element of the debate over the legislation."
by Voice of America | Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:51am | 0 comments
“There is clear evidence of Venezuelan support for terrorist and separatist movements,” says Ramon Peralta, a senior law professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, who believes that there are ideological ties between extremist groups and the Venezuelan government, which provides them key assistance.
by Defense News | Thu, 06/27/2019 - 6:22pm | 0 comments
"Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone has not slowed the U.S. Air Force’s flight operations in the Middle East, its top general said Wednesday."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"The most striking feature of the Trump administration’s conference showcasing the economic side of its Middle East peace plan was what was largely absent: Criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinian territories."
by Military Times | Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump said a conflict would Iran 'wouldn’t last very long' because of American military might but also ruled out sending large numbers of ground troops into the region."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:07am | 0 comments
"The National Security Agency collected records about U.S. calls and text messages that it wasn’t authorized to obtain last year, in a second such incident, renewing privacy concerns surrounding the agency’s maligned phone-surveillance program, according to government documents and people familiar with the matter."
by Institute for the Study of War | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 3:04pm | 0 comments
"It will recover much faster and to a much more dangerous level from the far larger force it still has today."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 2:16pm | 0 comments
Ukraine's armed forces have begun to pull back from the town of Stanytsia Luhanska in the Luhansk region, one of only six civilian crossing points along the 450-kilometer line of contact in the Donbas war zone.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:47pm | 0 comments
"Four men with suspected ties to the Islamic State (IS) group were arrested in Nicaragua after crossing illegally from Costa Rica, officials say."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 3:17am | 0 comments
"A raid on June 3 used U.S. intelligence to seize group’s leaders and weapons."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 2:39am | 0 comments
"In an unannounced visit to the Afghan capital for talks with Afghan officials, Mr. Pompeo said on Tuesday that progress has been made in reaching a comprehensive settlement of the nearly 18-year war and that neighboring Pakistan has an important role to play. 'I hope we have a peace deal before Sept. 1,' Mr. Pompeo said."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:13am | 0 comments
"President Trump and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran shifted back to a sharply confrontational footing on Tuesday, trading accusations while U.S. officials and international leaders worked toward expected talks aimed at defusing the conflict at a global summit at the end of the week."
by Military Times | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 3:26pm | 0 comments
"War is often filled with its share of mistakes and errors in judgment. It’s the nature of this lethal business. Some are the result of changing circumstances on the ground, while others are more systemic. The United States has committed more than a few during its 18 years in Afghanistan."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 3:19pm | 0 comments
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hopes for a peace deal with the Taliban "before September 1,” as he spoke to reporters in Kabul during an unannounced visit to the Afghan capital on June 25. Pompeo met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other high-level Afghan officials as well as General Scott Miller, who leads NATO's Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 2:57pm | 0 comments
Iran and the United States have traded insults, with Tehran accusing Washington of "lying" about its willingness to hold talks to steer the two nations away from military conflict, a statement President Donald Trump called “very ignorant and insulting.”
by Military Times | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 2:04pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. is prepared to wipe out areas of Iran if the country decides to attack ‘anything American,' President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday morning on Twitter."
by Fifth Domain | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:06am | 0 comments
"Experts said that the operation signals U.S. government leaders are becoming increasingly comfortable with cyberwarfare as a tool in the arsenal and, in some cases, now view cyber operations as a half-step removed from a kinetic conflict."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:38am | 0 comments
"The UN says tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and family members being held in Iraq and Syria must be tried or released."
by The Telegraph | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:33am | 0 comments
A major who served in Afghanistan with the Coldstream Guards, Mr Hennessy-Barrett wondered if the counterinsurgency techniques adopted by the British army in Taliban strongholds could somehow be repurposed to make the poor richer.
by Voice of America | Tue, 06/25/2019 - 12:25am | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump imposed what he described as "hard-hitting" new financial sanctions on Iran Monday, specifically targeting the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
by The Washington Post | Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:21am | 0 comments
"Iran’s navy chief warned the United States on Monday that Iranian forces could shoot down more surveillance drones if they violate the country’s airspace, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with Arab allies in the Persian Gulf."
by Defense One | Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:38am | 0 comments
"Homeland Security is looking for innovative robots that can navigate underground tunnels and communicate with headquarters."