"The capture of a former FARC leader in Colombia has revealed how he tried to falsely enlist drug traffickers within the country’s peace process, registering them as guerrillas having laid down their arms in order to grant them legal protection."
by InSight Crime | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:02pm | 0 comments
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:37pm | 0 comments
"The powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services for its constituents and accumulating a formidable arsenal that has helped make the group a significant regional force, with troops in Syria and Iraq."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:15pm | 0 comments
"It is one of the most famous battles of the long Vietnam War. It inspired a movie and congressional hearings, symbolizing for some the incredible bravery of the American infantry in Vietnam and for others the futility and waste of the war."
by Reuters | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 9:45pm | 0 comments
"U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, The New York Times reported Saturday."
by War on the Rocks | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 1:29pm | 0 comments
"Recently... the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction disclosed that “the U.S.-commanded NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan... is no longer assessing district-level insurgent or government control or influence.” The revelation that the U.S. military was no longer providing — or even keeping track of — data on district control led to a flurry of reporting, a lot of questions, and even some accusations that the Pentagon was hiding information that was likely to be embarrassing or not in keeping with a narrative of progress."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 1:16pm | 0 comments
"U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan killed as many as 18 Afghan police officers late Thursday during heavy ground fighting with Taliban forces near the capital of Helmand province, Afghan officials and provincial leaders said Friday."
by The New York Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:17pm | 0 comments
"The head of Colombia’s army, frustrated by the nation’s faltering efforts to secure peace, has ordered his troops to double the number of criminals and militants they kill, capture or force to surrender in battle — and possibly accept higher civilian casualties in the process, according to written orders and interviews with senior officers."
by Defense News | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 4:18am | 0 comments
"U.S. Special Operations Command is bullish at the prospect of buying a light-attack aircraft, according to the command’s top leaders — a marked contrast from the U.S. Air Force, which wants to expand the effort to other types of platforms."
by Voice of America | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:40am | 0 comments
"While Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq have largely been forced underground, the terror group's other fighters along with its media operatives appear intent on surging, combining an increase in attacks with ramped-up output on social media."
by The Los Angeles Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:33am | 0 comments
"The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict with Tehran."
by The New York Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"The Indonesian police say they have foiled a suspected terrorist cell with the ability to use Wi-Fi to detonate explosive devices, highlighting advances in bomb-making in a country with a history of militant activity tied to the Islamic State."
by Bloomberg News | Fri, 05/17/2019 - 3:03pm | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is working with its Defense Intelligence Agency to declassify and release images -- including two traditional sailing vessels carrying land-attack missiles -- to back up the Trump administration’s claims of a growing threat from Iran, according to four defense officials."
by The New York Times | Fri, 05/17/2019 - 2:07pm | 0 comments
"When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? This is the first in a series in which The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see if those promises were kept."
Taliban Fighters Hid in Sewage Tanker, Used Ladders to Breach Major Helmand Base Housing Marines and Afghan Forcesby Marine Corps Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:42pm | 0 comments
"The March 1 assault by Taliban fighters against the generally perceived secured major military base in Helmand, Afghanistan, will result in some of the first combat action ribbons for a small group of Marines, whose primary task is advising Afghan forces."
by The New York Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:39pm | 1 comment
"President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying American pressure campaign against the clerical-led government in Tehran must not escalate into open conflict."
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:40pm | 0 comments
"Fake news articles and tweets sought to cast Saudi Arabia and other rivals of Tehran in a bad light."
by The New York Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:48am | 0 comments
"The attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, on March 1, was not one of the country’s deadliest, but it may well have been its most embarrassing. It was the third time the Taliban had infiltrated that base, the headquarters for the Afghan Army’s 215th Corps."
by Defense News | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:28am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon paid contractor TransDigm $1,443 for a for a three-inch ring called a 'non-vehicular clutch disk' which is used in the C-135 transport aircraft, though it cost the company just $32 to produce, giving it 4,436 percent in excess profit, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform memo released Wednesday."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:11am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration has been on high alert in response to what military and intelligence officials have deemed specific and credible threats from Iran against U.S. personnel in the Middle East."
by The New York Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:06am | 0 comments
"Iraqi officials, wary of another war on their land, say they have warned armed groups tied to Iran to refrain from taking any action that could provoke American retaliation."
by Reuters | Wed, 05/15/2019 - 2:27pm | 0 comments
"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi’ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources."
by Military Times | Wed, 05/15/2019 - 1:41pm | 0 comments
"U.S. allies involved in operations in the Middle East appear uninterested in the increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the White House and Pentagon regarding Iran."
White House Will Not Sign On To Christchurch Call To Stamp Out Online Extremism Amid Free Speech Concernsby The Washington Post | Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:36pm | 0 comments
"The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid U.S. concerns that it clashes with constitutional protections for free speech."
by The New York Times | Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:51am | 0 comments
The State Department ordered a partial evacuation of the United States Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday, responding to what the Trump administration said was a threat linked to Iran, one that has led to an accelerated movement of American ships and bombers into the Persian Gulf.
by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Wed, 05/15/2019 - 1:29am | 0 comments
"The Nigerian case highlights the challenges of local-level stabilization efforts while working with a host government that lacks political commitment, capacity, and coordination."