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by The National Interest | Sun, 10/28/2018 - 1:28pm | 0 comments
“Russia is supposed to be the master of hybrid warfare, that shapeshifting amalgamation of regular and irregular war. But has Russia met its match in little Finland?”
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/28/2018 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"Syria’s largest surviving rebel stronghold, Idlib, faces a complex, uncertain and possibly violent future. Right now, a deal between Turkey and Russia is holding off Syrian military action to recapture this area."
by The Wall Street Journal, by The Washington Post | Sun, 10/28/2018 - 12:11am | 0 comments
"While each country stressed its commitment to ending the seven-year conflict, the summit appeared to produce few concrete results — underscoring the challenges of reaching a formula for peace amid rival factions, extremist groups and Western reluctance to re-engage with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:56am | 0 comments
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has told Arab leaders that Russia is no replacement for the United States in the Middle East, following Moscow's military intervention in Syria.
by Voice of America | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:24am | 0 comments
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the "murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all." "Failure of any nation to adhere to international norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most," Mattis said in prepared remarks for the annual Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain.
by The United States Institute of Peace | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 12:30am | 1 comment
“A string of violent crises since the 1990s—from Somalia to Iraq to others—has underscored America’s need to coordinate better among military forces, relief and development organizations, diplomats and other responders, retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni said this week. The United States should consider creating a standing “interagency command” for such crises, Zinni told listeners at USIP.”
by Military Times | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 12:27am | 0 comments
“Officials with the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State found none of the civilian casualty reports assessed in September to be credible, according to a monthly report released this week. ‘Out of the 104 completed casualty reports, none of the reports were determined to be credible and resulted in zero unintentional civilian deaths,’ according to Operation Inherent Resolve’s statement accompanying the report.”
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 12:21am | 0 comments
"The U.S. defense secretary on Friday approved a request to deploy additional U.S. troops along the U.S.-Mexico border, fulfilling President Trump’s vow to use the American military in an expanding campaign to stop a caravan of migrants and asylum seekers."
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 12:17am | 0 comments
“The devastating war in Yemen has gotten more attention recently as outrage over the killing of a Saudi dissident in Istanbul has turned a spotlight on Saudi actions elsewhere. The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence.”
by Military Times | Sat, 10/27/2018 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"Early on the morning of Oct. 23, 1983, a truck bomb detonated beside the U.S. Marine barracks at Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport, killing 241 American servicemen. That evening President Ronald Reagan gave his final approval for Operation Urgent Fury— the American invasion not of Lebanon but of Grenada.'
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Fri, 10/26/2018 - 4:08pm | 0 comments
Recent events in Afghanistan have reenergized those in favor of a U.S. military withdrawal. “Let someone else take up the burden,” urged one opinion piece in Slate. Another in the UK-based Guardian newspaper bluntly noted: “It’s time for America to end its war in Afghanistan.” Some media reports have also suggested that U.S. negotiators in Doha, Qatar have agreed to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as part of a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.
by Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, by Association of the United States Army | Fri, 10/26/2018 - 9:37am | 1 comment
A daylong conference on “Projecting Stability” provided the stage for U.S. Government agencies, the international community, non-governmental organizations, and academics to discuss principles and ongoing NATO efforts to define and integrate the concept across its members.
by Voice of America | Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:16am | 0 comments
The Pentagon is considering sending hundreds of troops to the southern border after President Donald Trump reiterated Thursday the military would be used to prevent a caravan of Central American migrants from entering the United States.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"In 2007 the BBC’s Mark Urban was “embedded” with a platoon of soldiers in one of Baghdad’s most violent areas. Ten years later he tracked down four of the men from the unit. What effect did the war have on them?"
by Army Times | Thu, 10/25/2018 - 6:26pm | 0 comments
"Three years after its completion, a lengthy study of the Army’s role in the Iraq war remains unpublished, some say because of how it both praises certain Army leaders while also airing some 'dirty laundry' regarding wartime decision-making."
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:55am | 0 comments
Michael Kovrig, at International Crisis Group, writes that "at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and China-Africa Defence and Security Forum, Beijing showcased an increasingly strategic approach to its defence relations with African countries and its role in managing challenges to peace and security on the continent.
by Associated Press | Thu, 10/25/2018 - 8:46am | 0 comments
"About 100 members of a U.S. Army training brigade scheduled to leave Afghanistan next month will take the unusual step of returning in February to help the next unit of advisers coming in, U.S. military officials told The Associated Press."
by Voice of America | Thu, 10/25/2018 - 6:23am | 0 comments
Despite the anti-Islamic State campaign being waged in both Iraq and Syria, the terror group can still attack coalition forces and their local partners in both countries, Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said.
by The Washington Post | Thu, 10/25/2018 - 6:08am | 0 comments
"American military officials said Wednesday that they had halted most face-to-face contacts with members of the Afghan security forces, and have temporarily withdrawn from Afghan security facilities, after two 'insider' shootings in the past week that killed a top Afghan regional police commander and a Czech soldier."
by The U.S. Naval Institute | Wed, 10/24/2018 - 7:04pm | 0 comments
"A lot can happen in 15-yrs, and lessons get stale fast... What have we learned since the start of that war? We don’t know – and that is a problem."
by DoD News | Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:26pm | 0 comments
In 1918, the world had never seen such killing. Between 15-19 million people died during World War I, and another 23 million were wounded. The industrial age had industrialized death and Europe became the factory floor for new weapons and new means of killing from tanks and airplanes to gas and machine guns. The war had started in 1914, and the killing continued without letup until Nov. 11, 1918, when the Allies and the Central Powers signed an armistice that ended the slaughter.
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 10/24/2018 - 9:55am | 1 comment
"Logistics capabilities that were second nature during the Cold War have deteriorated. Mobility impediments include narrow rail and road tunnels, varying gauges of rail track and legal restrictions on shipping ammunition across borders. Many European road- and rail-bridges are too low for hulking military vehicles to drive under or too weak to support a convoy of 100-ton battle tanks, officials say."
by The Modern War Institute | Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:08am | 1 comment
"The war in Afghanistan hit the seventeen-year mark for the United States and its partners this month. Soldiers in the US-led coalition have been fighting and killing and dying for almost eight years longer than the Soviets occupied Afghanistan. The reasons for this protracted stalemate are manifold, but the momentum that would bring the war in Afghanistan to an end remains elusive in large part because the coalition has until now been unable to link the grammar of war to the political object it seeks. For the logic of strategy to work, ends should drive means, not the other way around."
by The New York Times | Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"The death of an Army soldier after a blast in southern Afghanistan this month was the result of a series of oversights by a military unit that frequently used a small strip of desert as a patrol route and observation post, prompting Taliban militants to bury explosives nearby, military officials familiar with the matter said."
by Defense One | Tue, 10/23/2018 - 6:48am | 0 comments
“The Afghan security force effort to hold Taliban violence at bay is “working,” a Defense Department spokesman said Monday, amid a spate of insider attacks and violence linked to this weekend’s parliamentary elections. A Pentagon spokesman cites a two-thirds decrease in attacks since the war’s peak eight years ago.”