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by SWJ Editors | Thu, 11/29/2018 - 4:28pm | 0 comments
Chicago Tribune Editorial - "So why is America still in Afghanistan? Because the terror groups operating there would have the unfettered ability to again thrive if the U.S. were to withdraw the last of its troops. That answer won’t mollify critics of U.S. policy in Afghanistan during three presidencies. But remember, each of those presidents came to understand the terrible risks a U.S. pullout would create."
by Long War Journal | Thu, 11/29/2018 - 2:52am | 0 comments
"Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani laid out the government’s conditions for peace with the Taliban, and not surprisingly, its demands are completely at odds with those of the Taliban. Ghani called for negotiations that are driven by Afghans, which is the opposite of what is actually occurring today."
by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 11/29/2018 - 2:33am | 0 comments
"The Senate on Wednesday voted to move a legislative measure forward that could end the U.S. military role in Yemen and its support of the Saudi-led coalition there, effectively rebuking pleas from White House officials to dismiss the plan."
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:59am | 0 comments
"While coverage of Yemen’s civil war has focused on the devastating physical destruction—tens of thousands dead and a looming famine—another conflict has been playing out in the background: a war for control of the country’s internet."
by Stars & Stripes | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 1:32pm | 0 comments
"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was slated to tell senators in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the U.S. military should continue its support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, according to remarks released by Pentagon officials."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:59pm | 0 comments
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has formed a 12-strong negotiating team to seek a peace agreement with the Taliban, as he laid out what he called a "roadmap" for the talks.
by Associated Press | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:51pm | 0 comments
"A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump’s commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban."
by Foreign Affairs | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:25am | 0 comments
"As far as Taliban leaders are concerned, the group has little reason to commit to a peace process: it is on a winning streak. The Taliban control key Afghan highways and are conducting targeted assassinations across the country. They have made important territorial gains and now have complete or partial control over some 250 of about 400 districts."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 9:34am | 0 comments
“The United States is fighting a war in Syria. It’s a quiet war with debatable legal standing, but it is a real war nonetheless. Estimates of the number of U.S. troops there over the past year run anywhere from about 500 into the thousands.”
by DoD News | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:21am | 0 comments
"U.S. forces are establishing observation posts in Northeast Syria to further deny escape routes to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today."
by The Modern War Institute | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:18am | 3 comments
"Insurgencies, guerrilla warfare—whatever we chose to call this type of violence, it is, by far the deadliest threat to those who serve in uniform. Since the middle of the last century, over a quarter of a million Americans were killed or wounded in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And those are just the big ones. As tragic as these figures might be, an even deeper tragedy might be the forgotten lessons that could prevent future casualties."
by Military Times | Tue, 11/27/2018 - 7:10pm | 0 comments
“Three U.S. service members were killed and three more were wounded by an improvised explosive device Tuesday in Afghanistan, according to officials with the NATO mission to the country. One American contractor was also wounded when the IED detonated, officials said in a press release.”
by National Defense University Press | Tue, 11/27/2018 - 9:18am | 1 comment
"The Joint Force, and the national security community as a whole, must be ready and able to respond to numerous challenges across the full spectrum of conflict including complex operations during peacetime and war. However, this presupposes a general acceptance of a well-understood taxonomy describing the elements that constitute the “continuum of conflict.” The U.S. security community lacks this taxonomy, despite its engagement in a spate of diverse conflicts around the globe."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 11/27/2018 - 6:45am | 0 comments
Via Long War Journal - "Once again, the US military has grossly underestimated the size and scope of the Taliban, despite battling the group head-on for the last 17 years. In its latest quarterly report, US Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) approximated the Taliban’s strength as between 28,000 and 40,000 fighters."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 11/26/2018 - 7:57pm | 0 comments
“Violence escalated Monday in the Afghan capital during a second day of protests by minority ethnic Hazaras over the arrest of an anti-Taliban militia leader. Officials called him an abusive rogue, but supporters said he was a hero who had defended Hazaras from insurgent attacks.”
by Breaking Defense | Mon, 11/26/2018 - 4:39pm | 0 comments
“Eight months ago, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis created the Close Combat Lethality Task Force to right a generational wrong. A retired Marine Corps infantryman himself, Mattis understood that America’s close combat forces, consisting of less than four percent of those in uniform, had suffered more than ninety percent of American combat deaths since the end of World War II. His intent: to make our infantry formations dominant on tomorrow’s battlefields.”
by The Washington Post | Mon, 11/26/2018 - 8:38am | 0 comments
"Hundreds of ethnic Hazaras rallied in protest here Sunday over the arrest of a rogue anti-Taliban militia commander, resulting in violence that left at least 30 civilians and security forces wounded, police said."
by Fifth Domain | Mon, 11/26/2018 - 7:52am | 0 comments
"For the last two years, U.S. Cyber Command ran pilot programs that focused on supporting operations in Iraq and Syria. Now, the U.S. Army is taking lessons from those experiments and applying them to tactical operations."
by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) | Mon, 11/26/2018 - 6:57am | 0 comments
"A secret Army study has detailed the widespread logistical problems faced by Australian forces in Iraq 15 years ago. The report, obtained by the ABC and marked "for Australian eyes only", revealed how frontline troops were often without crucial supplies for battle and military commanders struggled to get the personnel required."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 11/25/2018 - 4:31pm | 0 comments
"Russia and Ukraine accused each other of provoking an incident at sea on Sunday, rapidly escalating tensions between the neighbors and spurring Moscow to close a vital water route the two nations use."
by The Daily Beast | Sun, 11/25/2018 - 12:39pm | 0 comments
"The new docuseries Terrorism Close Calls, now streaming on Netflix, chronicles some of the biggest attempted terrorist attacks that were foiled just under the wire. Its fifth episode is dedicated to the Transatlantic Liquid Bomb Plot, wherein two dozen terrorists planned to smuggle plastic bottles filled with liquid explosives (and other devices) onto seven commercial airliners departing from London’s Heathrow Airport and traveling to North America, assemble the bombs onboard, and detonate them over the Atlantic Ocean."
by The New York Times | Sun, 11/25/2018 - 5:45am | 1 comment
"Jihadists and right-wing extremists use remarkably similar social media strategies."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 11/24/2018 - 9:09am | 0 comments
"One of the most famous activists in Syria was assassinated by gunmen, according to associates, underscoring the mortal threats facing a dwindling pool of dissidents who still openly oppose government and extremist forces there."
by Stars & Stripes | Sat, 11/24/2018 - 7:55am | 0 comments
"Japan plans to step up training efforts with east African nations, as Tokyo aims to work more closely with the U.S. in a region where China’s influence is on the rise."
by Stars & Stripes | Fri, 11/23/2018 - 5:32pm | 0 comments
"American and Russian forces have clashed a dozen times in Syria - sometimes with exchanges of fire - a U.S. envoy told Russian journalists in a wide-ranging interview this week."