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by SWJ Editors | Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:20am | 0 comments
Video: General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. - The U.S. Military in a Time of Geopolitical Strain - The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy – 5 November 2018.
by DoD News | Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:16am | 0 comments
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out the process for military support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during a discussion with students in Duke University’s Program in American Grand Strategy Monday.
by Stars & Stripes | Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"NATO’s reinforced mission will continue training Afghan forces, the alliance’s top official said Tuesday, even as government troops sustain higher numbers of casualties in a war now in its 18th year."
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:42am | 0 comments
"Dozens of soldiers and police officers were killed or captured in nine Taliban attacks that overran security bases and outposts in different parts of Afghanistan during a 24-hour period that ended on Tuesday, officials said."
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 9:17am | 0 comments
"An American-backed military offensive has stalled against the Islamic State’s last vestige in eastern Syria — in part because of the enemy that the allied fighting force had expected, and other threats that it very much had not."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 4:16am | 0 comments
"Nearly 8,000 U.S. troops will be sent to three border states in anticipation of a caravan of migrants and would-be asylum seekers now traveling through Mexico, a U.S. official said, marking another increase in the planned deployment."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 2:57am | 0 comments
Afghanistan is sending a delegation to attend international peace talks in Russia this month, officials have said. Moscow is hosting the event on November 9 at a sensitive time, as the United States has been seeking to engage the Taliban in talks with Kabul to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 2:31am | 0 comments
"As it pushes to jump-start an Afghan peace process, the U.S. faces a Taliban stronger than any time since an American-led military coalition deposed them 17 years ago, U.S. and Afghan officials, current and former militants and experts say."
by Military Times, by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 2:26am | 0 comments
Continue on for an update on the U.S. military deployment to the southern border.
by Military Times | Tue, 11/06/2018 - 2:21am | 0 comments
Despite reports that the Islamic State terrorist group has lost 99 percent of its territory and shifted to insurgent tactics in Iraq and Syria, a recent report said an enduring defeat of the organization could take “years, if not decades.”
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 11/05/2018 - 5:08am | 0 comments
Continue on for a 2017 U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Video Presentation - Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War by Dr. Conrad Crane and General David Petraeus.
by CNN News | Mon, 11/05/2018 - 1:19am | 0 comments
Continue on for a 2001 CNN Documentary on Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT).
by The Washington Post | Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:26am | 0 comments
“U.S. and Israeli officials have expressed concern that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have less leeway to pursue the gradual warming of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors amid the political fallout from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
by The Atlantic | Sun, 11/04/2018 - 10:20am | 0 comments
"In 18 countries, the White House has yet to designate a U.S. ambassador. That includes Australia, a close ally to America that is beginning to look to China instead."
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 11/04/2018 - 8:56am | 0 comments
Continue on for the full video of a conversation with John Nagl on 16 April 2015.
by Stars & Stripes | Sun, 11/04/2018 - 6:57am | 0 comments
Those wondering how the Taliban persist as an insurgency can look to Johnson’s recent book, “Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict,” which is soon to be translated into Dari and Pashto.
by The Washington Post | Sun, 11/04/2018 - 6:20am | 0 comments
"Officials and religious leaders from across the ideological spectrum in Pakistan and Afghanistan joined students from the renowned seminary in Akora Khattak where Haq taught and mentored two generations of Afghan Islamist fighters."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 11/04/2018 - 6:17am | 0 comments
“Military officials are expressing alarm that a shrinking U.S. military presence in the Middle East has undermined their ability to respond to Iranian threats just as the Trump administration’s imposition of oil sanctions increases the potential for confrontation.”
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 11/03/2018 - 5:22pm | 0 comments
Russia says the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed to take part in international talks in Moscow next week on the Afghan peace process. The United States, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia have been invited.
by The New York Times | Sat, 11/03/2018 - 2:00pm | 0 comments
"The Army has punished two members of the Special Forces team ambushed in Niger last October for their decisions before the mission and for insufficient training alongside their Nigerien allies in advance, according to military officials. Four others in their chain of command were also disciplined."
by The New York Times | Sat, 11/03/2018 - 1:37pm | 0 comments
"The attack was a nightmare scenario for American and Afghan security planners: a Taliban operation months in the making that succeeded in breaching a high-level meeting, killing a powerful Afghan general and a provincial intelligence chief, wounding an Afghan governor and an American general — and barely missing General Miller and other officials standing nearby."
by Voice of America | Sat, 11/03/2018 - 7:50am | 0 comments
“With just days to go until the U.S. midterm elections, there are growing fears that Russia's efforts to undermine U.S. democracy extend far beyond the polls on Nov. 6 or the presidential election in 2020. Defense and security officials worry that as part of Moscow's plan to sow division and discord, it is trying to conquer the U.S. military — not with bullets or missiles but with tweets and memes.”
by The New York Times | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 4:01pm | 0 comments
"A prominent Pakistani Muslim spiritual leader known as the “father of the Taliban” was killed at home Friday evening in a knife attack, officials said, further roiling the country’s combustible religious tensions."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 3:38pm | 0 comments
“Gangs such as MS-13 and Barrio 18 prey on their own neighborhoods in a violent, chaotic model spreading through the region.”
by Stars & Stripes | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 1:56pm | 0 comments
"Infighting between factions killed 40 Taliban fighters in October in the western province of Herat and is part of the reason a militant group is seeking peace talks, government officials said Friday."