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by The Telegraph | Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:32pm | 0 comments
"The Western troop presence in Iraq is to be scaled down under a plan to defuse regional tensions over America's killing of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani."
by Military Times | Tue, 01/21/2020 - 2:06pm | 0 comments
"West African leaders aren’t on board with the possibility of U.S. troops vacating the region, according to a new report. U.S. Africa Command says that there are approximately 6,000 Department of Defense personnel in Africa, but those numbers could go down following a review the Pentagon is executing to reexamine U.S. troop presence in multiple areas of operations."
by National Public Radio | Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:50am | 0 comments
"Hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities, cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials say. The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, following the Jan. 3 killing of a top Iranian general in an American drone strike, is likely to play out in cyberspace."
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:40am | 0 comments
"An Islamic State group official who oversaw oil and gas operations and helped finance sleeper cells was killed last week in a joint coalition special operations raid with Syrian partner forces, the military said."
by Voice of America | Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:09am | 0 comments
Pakistan hosted high-level talks with the United States on Monday to review steps Islamabad has taken to choke funding sources to terrorist groups. The two sides, officials say, also discussed ways to increase bilateral trade.
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 2:29pm | 0 comments
"As world powers back a cease-fire in Libya to end months of fighting, a recent injection of mercenaries by rival foreign backers threatens to unravel efforts to establish a long-term truce in the oil-rich North African country."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 1:48pm | 0 comments
"With open hostilities between Iran and the U.S. subsiding for now, the Trump administration is seeking to keep pressure on Iran without pushing the region into a volatile new confrontation, U.S. and regional officials said."
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:58am | 0 comments
Via the Miami Herald: "The United States is concerned about the presence of Hezbollah, the terrorist group supported by Iran, in Venezuela, an issue that will be raised by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a meeting on counterterrorism efforts that will gather several ministers from the region in Bogota on Monday."
by Associated Press | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:27am | 0 comments
"The death toll from a missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on a government military camp climbed to at least 111 troops, a military spokesman said Monday, making it one of the deadliest rebel assaults since the beginning of the country's bloody civil war."
by Military Times | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 9:06am | 0 comments
"U.S. Africa Command officials have long cautioned that Russia and China are trying to expand their control in Africa. But the command believes the U.S. can foil that influence by developing strong relationships with African states and becoming their partner of choice."
by Voice of America | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:52am | 0 comments
Fierce clashes continued Sunday between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters in the northwestern province of Idlib, despite a cease-fire brokered last week by Russia and Turkey.
by Voice of America | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:49am | 0 comments
World leaders agreed Sunday to respect an arms embargo and back off from interfering in Libya, where forces from two rival governments are fighting for power.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 4:54pm | 0 comments
A missile attack on a military training camp in Yemen has killed at least 80 soldiers. Dozens of others were wounded in the strike in the central province of Marib on Saturday, officials say.
by Associated Press | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 3:29pm | 0 comments
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country’s role under its security pact with the U.S. in “outer space and cyberspace,” as the allies marked the 60th anniversary of a treaty that has been the basis for their postwar defense alliance."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:39pm | 0 comments
"Senior leaders of Turkey, Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, along with the U.S., Italy, China and France attended Sunday’s conference. The leaders of the two main Libyan camps battling for control of the capital aren’t expected to meet with each other."
by Voice of America | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 11:56am | 0 comments
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is appealing for $375.5 million to support its efforts to promote and protect human rights in dozens of countries around the world at a time of great turbulence and erosion of fundamental rights.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:27am | 0 comments
Representatives of more than 10 countries, including Turkey, the United States, and Russia, are expected to gather in Berlin on January 19 in an attempt to end the conflict in Libya and prevent what some fear could be another Syria-like refugee flood.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 12:09pm | 0 comments
"Leaders and top officials of world powers are set to attend a conference in Germany on Sunday that aims to produce a cease-fire deal among warring parties in a nine-year conflict in Libya."
by Voice of America | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 8:58am | 0 comments
Iranian state media have given a distorted view of Western news coverage of a rare public sermon by Iran’s supreme leader, ignoring how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 5:47am | 0 comments
A spokesman for the Taliban has told a Pakistani newspaper that the militant group is hoping to reach an Afghan peace deal with U.S negotiators by the end of January.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 4:51am | 0 comments
"With few vital American interests still at stake there, the U.S. should finally set aside its grandiose ambitions for the chaotic region."
by National Defense University Press | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 5:20pm | 0 comments
The latest issue of the National Defense University Press "Prism" is now online. Continue on for links to all the new articles.
by Defense News | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:54pm | 0 comments
"The House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat and Republican joined a growing chorus of lawmakers warning Defense Secretary Mark Esper to reconsider plans to reduce military forces in Africa."
by Voice of America | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:25pm | 0 comments
The cease-fire in Syria's Idlib apparently broke down before it even began. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet's spokesman, Jeremy Laurence, told VOA that immediately following the supposed cease-fire declared nearly a week ago, ground-based strikes were being lobbed by both the Syrian government and rebel forces. Soon after, he said, Syria and its Russian allies resumed airstrikes, increasing the threat to civilians.
by Associated Press | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"Documents compiled by a U.S.-based Syrian rights group reveal how Islamic State militants used one of their most powerful bureaucratic bodies to regulate daily life and impose and execute penalties."