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Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 11:49
U.S. Peace Envoy to Afghanistan Opens First Round of Resurrected Talks with Taliban. by Kathy Gannon – Associated Press. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence, with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal, said a U.S. statement.
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 10:56
Afghanistan War Metrics Manipulated to Highlight Battlefield Success According to Bombshell WaPo Report. by Shawn Snow – Military Times. America’s longest war continues to drag on as U.S. forces are amid one of its heaviest bombing campaigns since the start of the conflict 18 years ago as Washington seeks to force the Taliban into a settled peace. But in the backdrop, war metrics that have been used to push positive public sentiment and stay the course in a war U.S. officials have acknowledged as unwinnable were manipulated to tout successes and emphasize particular strategies were moving in the right direction, according to a an explosive story from the . In documents obtained through a government records request by the Washington Post, a se.
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 02:48
Russian, Syrian Regime Forces Step Up Attacks on Rebel Stronghold Idlib. Sirwan Kajjo - VOA News. A recent military escalation by Russian and Syrian government forces in the rebel-held northwestern Syrian province of Idlib is likely to continue in the coming weeks, experts say. On Saturday, a series of airstrikes and barrel bombings carried out by Russian fighter jets and Syrian helicopters targeted several villages in Idlib, killing at least 18 civilians and wounding dozens of others, local news sources reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has researchers across the country, said all areas targeted in the recent attack were largely populated by civilians. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory,
Small Wars Journal 12/08/2019 11:08
Why France is Focused on Fighting Jihadists in Mali. – BBC News. As jihadist violence escalates in Mali, analyst Paul Melly considers if France can persuade the rest of Europe to join the deadly fight. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly has called on fellow EU governments to despatch special forces to the Sahel, to help curb militant attacks that have killed more than 100 Malian troops in recent weeks. But France, too, is paying a heavy price for its role in the struggle against Sahel jihadism, . Altogether, it has lost 38 troops in this almost seven-year campaign... .
Small Wars Journal 12/07/2019 21:12
North Korean Threat Requires New U.S. Pressure Campaign Targeting Pyongyang. North Korean Threat Requires New U.S. Pressure Campaign Targeting Pyongyang. “Maximum pressure 2.0” campaign employing all tools of national power “likely represents the only way to denuclearize North Korea without resorting to war,” new think tank report finds. It includes recommendations related to diplomacy, military posture, cyber operations, sanctions, and information and influence activities. Washington, D.C., December 6 – The United States should target Pyongyang with a new “maximum pressure 2.0 campaign” that employs all tools of national power and seeks to persuade Kim Jong Un to relinquish the regime’s weapons of mass destruction, according to a released to.
Small Wars Journal 12/07/2019 18:17
Rethinking Bernard Fall’s Legacy. The Persistent Relevance of Revolutionary Warfare (Part I). SWJED. Sat, 12/07/2019 - 6:17pm. SWJ interview with Nathaniel L. Moir, Ph.D., an Ernest May Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 12/07/2019 10:06
Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among U.S. Troops. Jeff Seldin – Voice of America. Russian efforts to weaken the West through a relentless campaign of information warfare may be starting to pay off, cracking a key bastion of the U.S. line of defense: the military. While most Americans still see Moscow as a key U.S. adversary, new polling suggests that view is changing, most notably among the households of military members. The second annual Reagan National Defense Survey, completed in late October, found nearly half of armed services households questioned, 46%, said they viewed Russia as ally. Overall, the survey found 28% of Americans identified Russia as an ally, up from 19% the previous year. Generally, the pollsters found t.
Small Wars Journal 12/07/2019 09:16
U.S. Relaunches Peace Talks with Afghan Taliban. Ayaz Gul – Voice of America. The United States has formally restarted peace negotiations with the Taliban, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly stopped the yearlong process aimed at finding a political settlement with the insurgent group and ending the war in Afghanistan. The Afghan-born U.S. special reconciliation representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, is leading his team at Saturday’s meeting in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where insurgent negotiators are based, a U.S. source told VOA. "The U.S. rejoined talks today in Doha.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 22:14
USC 2019 Homegrown Violent Extremism Digital Summit Report. SWJED. Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:14pm. On 8 November 2019, a USC Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE) Digital Summit was coordinated by the USC Price Safe Communities Institute (SCI). It was held in Los Angeles, California at the main university campus and streamed live to a national and international audience consisting of policymakers, first responders, academics, community organizers and advocates, and other stakeholders within the broader community of interest. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 20:22
Esper: Pentagon Not 'Discussing or Considering' Sending 14,000 New Troops to Middle East. by Corey Dickstein – Stars & Stripes. The Pentagon will not send 14,000 new U.S. troops to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday, a day after a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers that more military forces could deploy to the region to counter Iran. "As the Department [of Defense] has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Esper said in the statement.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 16:26
The Latest, Best Chance to End East Ukraine War. Charles Maynes – Voice of America. MOSCOW - The leaders of Russia and Ukraine hold their first face-to-face talks in Paris next week as part of a European summit aimed at ending the five-year war between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine. In advance of the latest attempt to end the bloodshed in Ukraine’s Donbas region, observers caution that entrenched differences mean Russia and Ukraine may work toward more trust-building measures, rather than aim for a grand bargain. For more than five years, Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have been locked in a grinding war in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region that has killed more than 13,000.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 15:22
U.S. Official: Florida Naval Station Shooter Was Saudi Student. – Associated Press. A U.S. official says the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia and authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related. Military from around the globe attend the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. The shooter opened fire in a classroom building on Friday morning.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 06:54
Finding Baghdadi: Why Protecting Space Assets is Vital to National Security. by Tory Bruno – Defense News. On Oct. 27, the world learned of a raid that culminated in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. U.S. special forces and intelligence officials were able to succeed in their mission to take down a brutal murderer — one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists — through the use of sophisticated satellites that the U.S. currently has in orbit. Control of space and protected assets in orbit are vital to American security here on Earth. Space was once thought to be a peaceful environment for scientific advancement, but as national security objectives have evolved, space has transformed into a potential battlefield. With countries in.
Small Wars Journal 12/06/2019 05:45
Russian Mercenaries Backing Militia Commander Trying to Capture Tripoli, Libya and U.S. Officials Say. by Maggie Michael – Associated Press. Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war. Libyan and of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, , to key battleground areas in Libya in the past months. They say the Russian fighters are backing commander Khalifa Hifter, whose forces have been trying for months to capture the capital Tripoli.
Small Wars Journal 12/05/2019 16:44
New U.S. Troop Boost in Mideast ‘Possible,’ Says Top DoD Official. by Joe Gould – Defense News. The Trump administration could deploy more troops to the Middle East to counter Iran, a top Pentagon official said Thursday after a the Pentagon is weighing plans to send as many as 14,000 troops to the region. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood initially characterized that as "erroneous," saying no decision to deploy 14,000 had been made. But when Sens.
Small Wars Journal 12/05/2019 15:25
U.S. Offering $15 Million for Info on Iranian Planner of 2007 Karbala Attack that Killed 5 U.S. Troops. by Shawn Snow – Military Times. The U.S. State Department announced Thursday it was offering $15 million for information related to an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Commander who planned one of the most sophisticated attacks against coalition troops in Iraq, killing five soldiers in 2007. Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative on Iran , told reporters Thursday during a press briefing that the $15 million reward was for information on financial activities, networks and associates of Yemen-based IRGC-Qods Force commander Abdul Reza Shahlai. The bounty is not for Shalai’s death or capture... .
Small Wars Journal 12/05/2019 12:56
ISIS is Taking a Beating in Afghanistan Setting Stage for Potential U.S. Troop Withdrawal. by Shawn Snow – Military Times. Sustained U.S. and Afghan operations combating the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State has led to a near-collapse of the jihadist group in eastern Afghanistan — helping clear a hurdle for an American withdrawal from the country. President Donald Trump touted success of recent operations against the Islamic extremist group during to American troops at Bagram Airfield detailing that U.S. forces were "wiping" out ISIS militants "left and right.". "
Small Wars Journal 12/05/2019 05:14
IS's Virtual Caliphate Struggles to Regain Footing on Social Media. Jeff Seldin – Voice of America. Islamic State media operatives appear to be flailing about in cyberspace, still trying to recover more than a week after tens of thousands of their messaging accounts were targeted by European officials. Unlike some past efforts to hamper the terror group's propaganda efforts, which dealt only temporary setbacks, the latest takedown seems to be having a lasting impact, counterterrorism officials and analysts say. "For the time being, for as far as we know, IS is not present on the internet anymore," Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the Belgian prosecutor's office, said during a news conference at The Hague last week.

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