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by The New York Times | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 2:16am | 0 comments
"A stream of families and fighters, many of them hungry or injured, are surrendering on a rocky patch of desert in southeastern Syria."
by Military Times | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"The Defense Department doesn’t want to lose its irregular warfare edge, honed through more than a decade of conflict across the Middle East, even as it directs its armed forces to refocus on state-level adversaries."
by Voice of America | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:18am | 0 comments
"Taliban and influential Afghan opposition leaders concluded a rare two-day “peace meeting” in Moscow on Wednesday, where they jointly declared that a complete withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces was key to a lasting peace in Afghanistan."
by Associated Press, by Defense News | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"America will not cede leadership of the fight against the Islamic State group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, as he tried to allay fears that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria could imperil gains against the militants there and in neighboring Iraq."
by Military Times | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:11am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump expects coalition forces to announce as early as next week that they have reclaimed all of the territory once held by Islamic State group militants in Iraq and Syria, a major milestone in the ongoing fight there."
by Politico | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:02pm | 0 comments
"A senior Green Beret officer has been removed from command of a high-profile combat adviser unit just before its scheduled deployment to Afghanistan, the Army has confirmed — and some veterans of recent counterterrorism missions are crying foul."
by Military Times | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:55am | 1 comment
“'We need to move beyond our 20th century approach to messaging and start looking at influence as an integral aspect of modern irregular warfare,' Andrew Knaggs, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism, said at a defense industry symposium Tuesday."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:09am | 0 comments
"The leader of the Taliban's peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize 'the whole country by [military] power'."
by USNI News | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 9:11am | 0 comments
"The U.S.- led military coalition needs to keep military pressure on the Islamic State even after the American withdrawal from Syria. And the U.S. needs to be prepared to still provide $4 billion yearly to Kabul after a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday."
by Defense News | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 7:26am | 1 comment
"President Donald Trump made the case for drawing down the number of American troops fighting overseas and boosting up those deployed along the southern U.S. border in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night."
by The New York Times | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:29am | 0 comments
"Venezuela’s opposition says it is preparing to deliver tens of millions of dollars in food and medicine to ease devastating shortages and undermine the authoritarian rule of Nicolás Maduro. But some major relief organizations are reluctant to cooperate, fearing the plan could turn humanitarian aid into a political weapon."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:28am | 4 comments
"Members of the Taliban and key Afghan power brokers, including former president Hamid Karzai, discussed their vision for the future of Afghanistan on Tuesday, meeting in Moscow for talks aimed at ending the war."
by Voice of America | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:21am | 0 comments
The Taliban is reported to have killed up to 40 government troops in separate attacks in northern Afghanistan as a controversial "intra-Afghan dialogue” began Tuesday in Moscow to debate a political resolution to the war.
by DoD News | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:15am | 0 comments
"No other region in the world is as dynamic, hopeful, challenging and dangerous as the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the Centcom commander told the Senate Armed Forces Committee today."
by The Los Angeles Times | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"... I find myself wondering: If a proposed troop drawdown in Afghanistan qualifies as a “mistake,” then what term best describes a war that has cost something like a trillion dollars, killed and maimed tens of thousands, and produced a protracted stalemate? Disaster? Debacle? Catastrophe? Humiliation?"
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:32pm | 0 comments
"A top military general told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that the Islamic State will be defeated in Syria and the terrorist group will not be capable of a resurgence after U.S. troops leave the country. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, made the comments before a Senate panel following weeks of controversial and conflicting plans from top officials from President Donald Trump’s administration on how U.S. troops will leave Syria."
by CNN News | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 3:11pm | 0 comments
"The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:14am | 0 comments
Today, SIGAR released an audit of Department of Defense (DOD)-funded efforts to procure 159 UH-60 helicopters to replace the Afghan Air Force's aging MI-17 helicopter fleet. Continue on for the key points and a link to the full report.
by Voice of America | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:43am | 0 comments
"The U.S.-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq Monday denied it faced a head-to-head encounter with the Iran-backed militia known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the Nineveh province of Iraq."
by The New York Times | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:22am | 0 comments
"Seven European Union countries on Monday recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, turning decisively against President Nicolás Maduro after he refused their demand to schedule a new presidential election."
by Voice of America | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:22am | 0 comments
"Even as U.S.-backed forces close in on the very last pockets of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria, the terror group is unfazed, instead preparing to declare victory and retake territory."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:02am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon has launched a major examination of civilian deaths in military operations, responding to criticism that it has failed to protect innocent bystanders in counterterrorism wars worldwide."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:56pm | 0 comments
"The president was asked about his position on the crumbling South American country this weekend during an interview with CBS' Face the Nation. The comments come after National Security Adviser John Bolton flashed a notebook suggesting 5,000 U.S. troops could be sent to respond to the crisis in Venezuela, and after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered all U.S. diplomats to leave the country, which the U.S. ignored."
by The Strategy Bridge | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:20pm | 0 comments
"The Mexican government is in a prolonged state of civil war with various cartels, and the state is losing. Rampant corruption from the local to federal level breaks down the fundamental principal-agent relationship between the government and its population, encouraging locals to turn to militias for protection. The militias are, in part, a result of widespread corruption as well as the Mexican military’s deterioration. Mexico’s military faces large numbers of desertions, while measures to provide security for its population continue to fail."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:41pm | 1 comment
"After more than 17 years of fighting, U.S. diplomats have been working with Taliban representatives at a breakneck pace to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan. The talks appear to be driven by President Donald Trump, who is eager to close out America’s costly foreign wars."