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SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:21am | 0 comments
On the fifth anniversary of the Houthis' takeover of Sanna, Al Jazeera provides an overview of the five-year conflict.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 09/21/2019 - 7:33pm | 0 comments
Riyadh has taken a "wait-and-see" response to the announcement by Huthi militants in Yemen that they are halting all drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 09/21/2019 - 7:21pm | 0 comments
"The information has been passed along to the Saudis and the U.S., according to people briefed on the warnings."
by Voice of America | Sat, 09/21/2019 - 1:55am | 0 comments
As the world waited for the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to decide what to do next in response to last weekend's drone and missile attack on two major Saudi oil fields, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the most bellicose statement yet on the attacks, unambiguously accusing Iran of launching them and declaring the attacks an "act of war."
by The Wall Street Journal, by Military Times | Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:25am | 0 comments
"The U.S. said it would send military forces and hardware to Gulf allies and moved to sever some of Iran’s last ties to world markets on Friday, while preparing to outline a case for international action next week when world leaders gather at the United Nations."
by Marine Corps Times | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 1:49pm | 0 comments
"As the Marine Corps and its sister services shift focus to near peer battles and the range of ways to meet that fight, some experts think they may be losing sight of ways in which other threats could emerge both separate from peers and from them through other means."
by Military Times | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 1:07pm | 0 comments
"Reintegrating the Taliban and other combatants in a cornerstone to securing sustainable peace in Afghanistan, according to John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 2:50am | 0 comments
"U.S. may send more antimissile batteries and jet fighters to region in wake of attacks on Saudi Arabia."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 2:29am | 0 comments
A series of attacks on Saudi oil facilities has escalated tensions in the region and put Iran's ties with Yemen's Huthi rebels in the spotlight.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:13am | 1 comment
"Saudi Arabia says it has evidence showing Iran sponsored Saturday's drone and missile attacks on two of its oil facilities, and called on the international community to take action. The question is whether there could be a war."
by Voice of America | Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
A car bomb attack claimed by the Taliban near a compound used by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, left at least 15 dead and more than 90 wounded Thursday morning.
by Voice of America | Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:47pm | 1 comment
Prospects for peace in Afghanistan appeared more remote Thursday after an early morning Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a government building in southern Afghanistan killed at least 15 people, bringing to more than 70 the death toll in such attacks this week. The violence is expected to increase further as Taliban insurgents have warned of attacks on polling centers just days ahead of the country’s planned presidential elections.
by Associated Press | Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:04pm | 0 comments
"Iran's foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia's oil industry will result in 'all-out war,' further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:03am | 0 comments
"Twenty people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan."
by Military Times | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 9:05pm | 1 comment
"A draft agreement for peace between the U.S. and the Taliban in Afghanistan got a lot of hopes up late this summer, but the former head of U.S. special operations ― most well known for overseeing the mission that ultimately took out Osama Bin Laden ― said that making concessions to the extremist group is the wrong move."
by Voice of America | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 7:52pm | 0 comments
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. has "many options" in addition to military strikes to respond to Iran's missile and drone attacks that knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production last weekend.
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 6:45pm | 0 comments
"The history of warfare has never been filled with good predictions of how warfare would evolve in the future. Aside from the odd science fiction writer, no one predicted the technical, tactical, and strategic nature of World War I. World War II began with gross exaggerations of the threat posed by poison gas and the air forces of the day."
by Voice of America | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 5:53am | 1 comment
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend and strengthen the mandate of its mission in Afghanistan, overcoming threats of a Chinese veto.
by Associated Press | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"The assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia's vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that's emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who launched them."
by Associated Press | Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:10am | 0 comments
"The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which planned the 9/11 attacks from inside Afghanistan."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 09/17/2019 - 9:55am | 0 comments
"At least 46 people have been killed and dozens wounded in two Taliban attacks in Afghanistan."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Tue, 09/17/2019 - 9:24am | 0 comments
"A suicide bomb attack at an election rally in Afghanistan has killed at least 26 people."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 09/17/2019 - 9:06am | 0 comments
"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on followers to intensify their efforts after losing control of territory."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 09/16/2019 - 9:30pm | 0 comments
"Officials say intelligence points to Iran as staging ground for strikes, as allies weigh retaliation."
by Bloomberg News | Mon, 09/16/2019 - 7:30pm | 0 comments
"Following the Houthi attack on Saturday on Saudi Aramco’s crude-oil processing facility, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an obvious and necessary point: Blame Iran."