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by National Defense University Press | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:17am | 0 comments
"If one accepts that the American military is the most powerful armed force in human history, why does it have a mixed record when it comes to building up foreign armies in weak states?"
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:11am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military on Friday began to revamp its strategy in Syria, after President Trump decided to shift course and keep several hundred American troops in the country."
by The Los Angeles Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:31pm | 0 comments
"The fragile security in Nigeria, set to become the world’s third-most populous country by 2050, has been a central theme in the run-up to national elections scheduled for Feb. 23 after a weeklong delay. President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani former military leader who was elected in 2015, has failed to stop the violence in Nigeria’s so-called Middle Belt, a swath of states riven by the long-simmering conflict between farmers and herders."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:15pm | 0 comments
"Food and medicine for Venezuela’s sick and famished citizens lie just beyond their reach in warehouses across the country’s borders and on islands off its coast, as a showdown approaches for getting the aid into their hands. The United States has promised $20 million in humanitarian relief for Venezuelans."
by Military Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 9:33pm | 0 comments
"Military communities whose local construction projects weren’t scheduled to begin until later this year are among the most likely to be cut to fund the border wall, two U.S. officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon said Friday."
by Voice of America | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 8:43pm | 0 comments
The six things you should know about this historic controversy...
by The Los Angeles Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 7:58pm | 0 comments
"As Islamic State’s once-large physical domain shrinks to nothing, its media presence is no longer the mighty propaganda powerhouse that, at its height, flooded social media with nearly 40 statements, videos and other media items a day, according to a 2015 report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, a London think tank."
by The New York Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 7:18pm | 0 comments
"The dilemma of what to do with citizens of Western countries who threw in their lot with the Islamic State before it was largely ousted from Syria has set off a debate over citizenship and the statelessness that might result from stripping some of them of their nationality."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:58pm | 0 comments
"Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, causing multiple injuries and the first fatalities of a massive opposition operation meant to deliver international relief to this devastated South American country, according to eyewitnesses and community leaders."
by Associated Press | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 4:20pm | 0 comments
"Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country’s fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say."
by Voice of America | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 1:43am | 0 comments
"Coalition warplanes launched new airstrikes against the last remaining enclave of the Islamic State terror group's self-declared caliphate after efforts to evacuate additional civilians stalled. The strikes, accompanied by artillery fire, targeted the outskirts of the final piece of IS-held territory in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz on Thursday, a day after 2,000 civilians were evacuated from the area."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 1:32am | 0 comments
"The U.S. will maintain a small peacekeeping force of about 200 troops in Syria despite President Trump’s earlier decision to remove all American troops, the White House said Thursday, illustrating the complications of a hastily announced withdrawal."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 1:21am | 2 comments
"The U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant spent hours on end planning a wide-scale domestic terrorist attack, even logging in at his work computer on the job at headquarters to study the manifestos and heinous paths of mass shooters, prosecutors say. He researched how to carry out sniper attacks, they contend, and whether rifle scopes were illegal. And all the while, investigators assert, he was amassing a cache of weapons as he ruminated about attacks on politicians and journalists."
by Military Times | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:56pm | 1 comment
"The Pentagon has asked Department of Homeland Security to identify locations where border wall construction would improve the “effectiveness" of military troops deployed there, a key justification required to redirect military construction spending that would otherwise go to local base projects."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:32pm | 0 comments
"Johan Cosar went to Syria not to fight for the Islamic State group, but against them. Now, the former Swiss army officer is facing a military tribunal back home. He is charged with joining a foreign army and thus undermining Switzerland's neutrality and security."
by Voice of America | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:51am | 0 comments
"Five U.S. citizens who were among eight men detained over the weekend in Haiti with automatic weapons and other arms have returned to the United States.'
by Foreign Affairs | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 10:19am | 1 comment
"Questions remain about whether the Taliban is genuinely willing to break with al Qaeda—the very prospect at which the group balked back in 2001, prompting the United States to invade."
by Defense One | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:49am | 0 comments
"U.S. Africa Command plans to begin routing flights to Accra, Ghana, as the hub of a new logistics network to ferry supplies and weapons to the patches of U.S. troops operating across the continent’s increasingly turbulent western region."
by The New York Times | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:22am | 1 comment
"For any progress, analysts agree that Germany, Europe’s biggest and richest country, must do more, including overcome its post-World War II reluctance to lead in strategic matters. The German military already has too few soldiers, too little equipment and faces shortages of just about everything."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:51am | 0 comments
"As the deadline approaches for the withdrawal of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, America’s closest European allies have turned down a Trump administration request to fill the gap with their own troops, according to U.S. and foreign officials."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:46am | 0 comments
"Several hundred of the last civilians trapped by Islamic State in the militant group’s remaining sliver of territory left on Wednesday, suggesting the extremist group was near a surrender to U.S.-backed Kurdish forces."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist was arrested after authorities said they found more than a dozen firearms, ammunition and a hit list of Democratic lawmakers, activists and media personalities in his Maryland home."
by Marine Corps Times | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:07am | 0 comments
"Any response by Marine forces based out of Europe to a crisis in Africa would have to overcome the tyranny of distance and time, meaning help could be a long way off."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:03am | 0 comments
"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the UN secretary-general to draw up options for a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, saying such a mission could be a 'decisive factor' in ending the conflict there."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:22pm | 0 comments
"Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders are set to meet for at least four days next month to discuss negotiations with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani's special peace envoy has said. Omar Daudzai said on February 20 that the gathering, known as a Loya Jirga, will be held from March 17-20."