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by The Council on Foreign Relations | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:13pm | 0 comments
"Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 5:07am | 0 comments
"The U.S. wants to assemble a coalition of Western nations to create and potentially enforce a new buffer zone in northern Syria, U.S. officials said, but none have yet agreed to the proposal, which includes a promise of American military assistance."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:43am | 2 comments
"Although Trump initially claimed that the United States had won in Syria, the real impetus for both moves is a widespread sense, shared by Trump supporters and critics alike, that not only aren’t we winning, but that also we can’t possibly win these “forever wars,” no matter how long we stay."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:07am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration’s attempt to force out the president of Venezuela marked the opening of a new strategy to exert greater U.S. influence over Latin America, according to administration officials."
by The New York Times | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 3:51am | 0 comments
"Unnerved by fears of a rushed American deal with Taliban insurgents, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan sent a letter on Tuesday to President Trump offering him reduced costs for keeping United States troops in the country."
by Voice of America | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:30pm | 0 comments
"The United States and the Taliban have agreed to establish two “technical teams” to determine details for the eventual withdrawal of all American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and for preventing terrorists from using Afghan soil against America and its allies, the insurgent group said Wednesday."
by Al-Monitor | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:18pm | 0 comments
"A top Syrian Kurdish official visiting Washington today said US-backed fighters would consider integrating with Bashar al-Assad’s forces after the United States completes its pullout from the war-torn country."
by Associated Press | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:29am | 1 comment
"The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a "monopoly on power" in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:55am | 1 comment
"The recent history of the United States and Western allies working “by, with, and though” non-state actors for counterterrorism (CT) operations when unable or unwilling to partner with a host-nation government—such as in Mali, Libya, and Syria—has generated mixed results on the ground."
by Voice of America | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 6:38am | 1 comment
"The United States and the Taliban have both agreed to establish two “technical teams” to determine mechanisms for the withdrawal of all American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and for preventing terrorists from using Afghan soil against America and its allies."
by Military Times | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 5:19am | 0 comments
"Nearly a year after former defense secretary Jim Mattis inked a memo to create the first task force focused solely on making close combat formations more lethal, the group has coordinated efforts to add more than $3 billion toward that goal and now has another year to find a way to institutionalize its mission."
by The Los Angeles Times | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:49am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration on Tuesday threatened 'serious consequences' against the government of President Nicolas Maduro for opening a criminal investigation into the country’s U.S.-backed opposition leader, a possible precursor to arrest."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:25am | 0 comments
"There is nothing on paper, only the vague outline of an agreement between American and Taliban negotiators in Qatar that could lead to U.S. troops withdrawing. There are more talks to come, and U.S. officials have said any final deal with the Islamist insurgents must include a “dialogue” among Afghans."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:15am | 1 comment
"RFE/RL spoke with Graeme Smith, an Afghanistan analyst for the International Crisis Group, about what the implications of the development are for an Afghan-led peace process."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:13am | 1 comment
"It is far from clear that Al Qaida or ISIS can ever be fully defeated. The ISIS 'caliphate' may be largely broken up, but substantial elements of both movements remain. New movements may emerge, and other movements may grow, and the demographic trends of Muslim-majority countries are a powerful warning that extremism may be a threat for decades to come."
by Associated Press | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:46am | 1 comment
"The United States is seeking to broker an agreement between Syrian Kurdish forces and Turkey to prevent them from going to war in northeastern Syria once American forces withdraw, a senior Kurdish official said."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:44am | 1 comment
"More than a month after President Trump announced that U.S. forces were leaving Syria, there has been no sign of troop departures or a change in the relationship between Americans and their Syrian Kurdish allies, according to the leadership of the political umbrella organization of the Kurdish fighters."
by Military Times | Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:36am | 1 comment
"Thousands of troops will be headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet President Donald Trump’s request to enhance security there, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday."
by The New York Times | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 6:35am | 0 comments
"A deadly bombing of a cathedral in the Philippines has brought fresh attention to the Islamic State’s ability to metastasize across the world, even as the militant group has been reduced to a sliver of turf in Syria."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 5:52am | 0 comments
"NATO’s chief and the acting head of the Pentagon said they were encouraged by the progress of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, after the U.S. special envoy for the conflict-wracked country announced that American and Taliban negotiators had agreed on a draft 'framework' for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year war there."
by The New York Times | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 5:01am | 0 comments
"President Trump’s headway in Afghan peace negotiations with the Taliban raises the same question that has bedeviled other presidents who extracted American troops from foreign wars: Will the departing Americans end up handing over the country to the same ruthless militants that the United States went to war to dislodge?"
by National Defense University Press | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 3:05am | 2 comments
"The cyberspace threat exists in a realm that does not conform to the physical limits of land, sea, air, and space. Unlike these traditional domains, cyberspace fosters an unpredictable threat that can adjust, morph, and reproduce without a national identity or face. The challenge of the military is to posture its approach to cyberspace and cyberspace threats that are initiated by faceless, borderless, and sometimes nationless enemies."
by Foreign Policy | Mon, 01/28/2019 - 6:09pm | 0 comments
"Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan likens Trump 'framework' deal to U.S. position on Vietnam at Paris peace talks."
by The Los Angeles Times | Mon, 01/28/2019 - 4:42pm | 0 comments
"Seventeen years after the U.S. military-led invasion of Afghanistan — after the deaths of more than 2,400 American troops, tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers and police and untold numbers of civilians — the prospect of a truce with the Taliban appears to be inching closer to reality."
by USA Today | Mon, 01/28/2019 - 1:24pm | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump 'is committed to NATO' and deserves credit in obtaining $100 billion more in defense spending for the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said Sunday."