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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 The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 06/16/2019 - 5:01am | 0 comments
"Hong Kong’s leader indefinitely suspended a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, backing down in an effort to end widespread public unrest fueled by fears that Beijing’s growing reach is eroding people’s rights."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:06am | 0 comments
"On May 31, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. convoy in eastern Kabul, killing four Afghan passersby and slightly wounding four U.S. servicemen and at least three civilians."
by The New York Times | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 3:09pm | 0 comments
"The top U.S. diplomat for Africa pushed Friday for Sudan to carry out an “independent and credible” investigation into a June 3 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left scores dead."
by Breaking Defense | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:55am | 0 comments
"A day after two commercial tankers are hit in the Gulf of Oman, reports emerge the Houthis are firing -- and hitting -- US aircraft."
by RAND Corporation | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:19pm | 0 comments
"Using primary and secondary sources, what is the history of the Battle for Baghdad? - What are the strategic lessons learned from the conflict?"
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:12pm | 0 comments
RFE/RL spoke with Scott Lucas, an Iran expert at Birmingham University in Britain and editor of the EA World View website, about the attack and its possible repercussions.
by The Washington Post | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
Situation and news updates via 'The Washington Post'.
by Defense News | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:37am | 0 comments
"The Republican president and Democrats in the House are currently at odds over military support in Yemen, where “a small number” of U.S. military personnel are deployed, according to the June 11 letter."
by The New York Times | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:49am | 0 comments
"Two years ago, Pentagon officials said that American forces in the remote reaches of Afghanistan could defeat the Islamic State’s offshoot here by the end of 2017. This month, American Special Forces in eastern Afghanistan were still fighting, with no end in sight."
by The U.S. Naval Institute | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 6:07am | 0 comments
"U.S. Central Command has released a video and photographs that officials say prove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy attacked two merchant tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday."
by Military Times, by The New York Times | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of attacking a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday as part of a “unacceptable campaign of escalating tension” by its leaders, but said the United States won’t respond with military force for now."
by Reuters | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"Iraq’s second city, once a recruitment center for Sunni officers in Saddam Hussein’s army, became an al Qaeda hotbed after the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled the dictator, and later the base from where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014."
by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:44pm | 0 comments
"Continued success by the American-backed military campaign in Somalia could set the stage for economic development in the country, which has been wracked by years of lawlessness and violence, U.S. officials said."
by Associated Press | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:31pm | 0 comments
"Two massive tankers off the southern coast of Iran near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels."
by Reuters | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:16pm | 0 comments
"Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas target in Gaza on Thursday after a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious cross-border flare-up since a surge in fighting last month."
by Associated Press | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:50am | 0 comments
"... Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn."
by SOF News | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 9:57am | 0 comments
"The Marine Corps Advisor Company or MCAC is a new unit that has been established to provide trained and capable military advisors to work with foreign militaries and security forces of partner nations. The MCAC units will focus exclusively on training, equipping, and deploying military advisor teams that will operate around the world."
by The New York Times | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:13am | 0 comments
"Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked an airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, wounding 26 people in the latest escalation of a four-year-old conflict that threatens to further strain relations between the United States and Iran."
by Voice of America | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:09am | 0 comments
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar dismissed the Pentagon's latest warning over Ankara's imminent procurement of Russian missiles on Thursday as "language unbecoming of an ally." U.S. acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan's letter to his Turkish counterpart laid out a detailed timetable of Turkey's exclusion from the purchase and production of America's latest F-35 fighter jet if Ankara buys Russia's S-400 missiles system.
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"A standoff over China’s encroachment on this city’s legal autonomy deepened, with hundreds of police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, as the financial center’s Beijing-backed government showed no signs of yielding during a second day of widespread demonstrations."
by Voice of America | Wed, 06/12/2019 - 8:46pm | 0 comments
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of another military conflict in the Middle East if the global community is not more patient in the quest to ease escalating tensions between the United States and Iran."
by The Cipher Brief | Wed, 06/12/2019 - 3:31pm | 1 comment
"Despite an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign waged by the Egyptian military, militants linked to IS are still capable of coordinating sophisticated attacks."
by Voice of America | Wed, 06/12/2019 - 2:55pm | 0 comments
Kosovo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a NATO intervention that drove out Serbian troops and helped end a crackdown that left more than 10,000 ethnic Albanians dead.
by The Center for a New American Security | Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:17pm | 1 comment
"For the first time in decades, it is possible to imagine the United States fighting—and possibly losing—a large-scale war with a great power. For generations of Americans accustomed to U.S. military superiority and its ability to deter major wars, the idea of armed conflict between great powers may seem highly improbable. The idea that the United States—with the most expensive armed forces in the world by a wide margin—might lose such a war would seem absolutely preposterous. Nevertheless, the possibility of war and U.S. defeat are real and growing."