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by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 12/04/2018 - 8:14am | 0 comments
"Zalmay Khalilzad, the diplomat heading America’s peace efforts in Afghanistan, left Monday for an eight-country tour to discuss ways of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table."
by Wavell Room | Mon, 12/03/2018 - 3:02pm | 0 comments
"In a war which has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people, Russia’s increasing maritime presence in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov has quickly transformed the region into one of the main strategic bridgeheads in the conflict."
by The Atlantic | Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:14pm | 0 comments
A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person.
by Voice of America | Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:24pm | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter to Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has sought Islamabad’s cooperation in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiating peace in Afghanistan.
by The Los Angeles Times | Sun, 12/02/2018 - 1:52pm | 0 comments
"It was the deadliest incident involving U.S. troops in Afghanistan this year: An armored U.S. military vehicle struck a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban outside the city of Ghazni on Tuesday, killing three service members."
by Military Times | Sun, 12/02/2018 - 4:21am | 0 comments
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is focused on finding an end to the war in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t involve withdrawing U.S. military forces from the country soon.”
by Associated Press | Sat, 12/01/2018 - 9:50am | 0 comments
“Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president says, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State.”
by Army Times | Sat, 12/01/2018 - 9:48am | 0 comments
“Our Army has a long history of combat advising, and today’s ceremony highlights another step in building capacity for this critical and enduring mission,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in a tweet following the ceremony.
by Associated Press | Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:23am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration on Thursday accused Iran of stepping up violations of a U.N. ban on arms exports by sending rockets and other weaponry to rebels in Afghanistan and Yemen."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 11/30/2018 - 6:18am | 0 comments
A senior U.S. diplomat has called on the Taliban to seize a "moment of opportunity" to open formal peace talks with the Western-backed Afghan government and negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict.
by DoD News | Fri, 11/30/2018 - 6:15am | 0 comments
Iran’s missiles and other weapons being exported to proxies pose a “clear and present danger” to civilians and regional stability, the special representative for Iran and senior policy advisor to the secretary of state said today.
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 11/30/2018 - 6:06am | 0 comments
"Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a barrage of missiles into Saudi Arabia, the armed group said, strikes that could threaten to derail the U.S.-backed peace efforts that have raised fresh hopes to end a catastrophic, nearly four-year war."
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."