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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 | 0 comments
"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."
by Lawfare | Fri, 11/23/2018 - 4:43pm | 0 comments
For counterterrorism officials, one of the most difficult counterterrorism challenges is identifying the next global struggle that, like the Syrian civil war, will energize the world’s Muslims and lead tens of thousands of foreigners to join the fray. However, as a Danish proverb (not Yogi Berra) warns, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
by Voice of America | Fri, 11/23/2018 - 7:55am | 0 comments
"A large military convoy from an Arab country was deployed last week to the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour, where U.S.-backed forces are fighting the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a monitor group told VOA."
by Voice of America | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 4:53pm | 0 comments
"U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to shut down the U.S.-Mexican border, disrupting a $1.68 billion-a-day trading relationship, if his government cannot control the flow of undocumented migrants seeking to cross into the United States from Latin America."
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 4:36pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. military on Thursday announced the latest of several deadly airstrikes this week against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia as it targets a region well north of where the al-Qaida-linked fighters control large parts of the country."
by Military Times | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 1:26am | 0 comments
“The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force, if necessary — a move that legal experts have cautioned may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act.”
by Voice of America | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 1:03am | 0 comments
"An increase in casualties among Afghan military and police forces has prompted the Afghan government to intensify military campaigns against the Taliban and other militant groups, Afghan security officials say."
by Military Times | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 12:03am | 0 comments
“Hours after the White House signed a late Tuesday night directive expanding the authorities of U.S. troops at the Mexican border, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with reporters at the Pentagon to explain what the new policies mean for the domestically deployed forces.”
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"Despite the Islamic State’s loss of territory in Iraq and Syria, an increasingly diffuse Salafi-jihadist movement is far from defeated. This report constructs a data set of groups and fighters from 1980 to 2018, including from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda."
by Marine Corps Times | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:33am | 0 comments
"A small group of Marine advisers operating out of Helmand province, Afghanistan, have taken down their Facebook account citing operational security concerns."
by The New York Times | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:17am | 0 comments
"Nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants are operating around the world today as on Sept. 11, 2001, despite nearly two decades of American-led campaigns to combat Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, a new independent study concludes."
by Foreign Policy | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 5:46pm | 0 comments
"Another devastating suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday and an independent report on the situation in Afghanistan serve to underscore what is now a growing consensus in Washington: that the United States is making no progress toward ending the 17-year-old war there."
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:37pm | 2 comments
"President Trump declared his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday, declaring that the prince’s culpability in the killing of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, might never be known."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:26am | 0 comments
Long War Journal - "The Taliban confirmed that it met with a high-level delegation of US officials in Qatar, and quashed news reports that the group wanted the Afghan government to postpone the April 2019 presidential elections and establish an interim government. Yet again, the Taliban insisted that “an Islamic government,” a not-so-vague reference to its Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, rule the country."