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Small Wars Journal 11/12/2019 09:12
Philippine Guerrillas Kill at Least 6 Soldiers in Bombing. by Jason Gutierrez – New York Times. Six Philippine soldiers were killed and 23 others wounded, the military said on Tuesday, when a platoon checking on reports of an infiltration by communist rebels stepped on improvised bombs as they negotiated hilly terrain. The troops had been sent in on Monday after civilians had complained of harassment by guerrillas with the New People’s Army outside Borongan City on Samar Island, which is in the central eastern part of the country. Six improvised bombs planted by the insurgents exploded before the soldiers engaged in a firefight with them, the military said.
Small Wars Journal 11/12/2019 07:40
Western Hostages to be Exchanged for Haqqani Leader. Ayesha Tanzeem – Voice of America. Taliban will release two Western hostages they have held for three years in return for the Afghan government releasing three senior Taliban leaders, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday morning. He said his government made this decision, in consultation with its international partners, in particular the United States, in order to facilitate "talks with the Taliban and for reaching peace and stability, which is the demand of every Afghan.".
Small Wars Journal 11/12/2019 05:33
‘Bob, How Do We Bottle This?’ Making Infantry As Good As Special Ops. by Bob Scales – Breaking Defense. In April 2009 I helped Gen. Jim Mattis host a Conference at the Monaco Hotel in Old Town Alexandria. The event was dedicated to making the Defense Department pay attention to small infantry units, those who were doing virtually all the fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time. We invited all of the ground services with representatives from generals to sergeants. The stars of the show were “Tier I” Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) commandos from Delta, the Rangers and SEALS. During a morning break as Mattis and I were mixing with these magnificent men, he turned to me and asked prophetically: “Bob, how do we bottle this?
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 17:12
Top U.S. General Says 500-600 American Troops to Stay in Syria. – Associated Press. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria . President Donald Trump recently approved across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria despite his pledge to bring them home. Gen. Mark Milley tells ABC’s “This Week” that pressure must be maintained on ISIS fighters still in the region. It’s unclear whether Milley’s prediction of keeping 500 to 600 American troops there includes the roughly 200 who are at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria…. . SWJED. Mon, 11/11/2019 - 5:12pm. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 16:15
Turkey Deports U.S. Man With Ties to Islamic State, Says More Will Follow. by David Gauthier-Villars and Sune Engel Rasmussen – Wall Street Journal. Turkish authorities said they deported a U.S. national whom they say is affiliated with Islamic State, and were prepared to send other foreign-born suspected militants back to their home countries. Turkey’s Interior Ministry said it also was sending a Danish Islamic State suspect back to Denmark on Monday and has completed paperwork to deport more than 20 Europeans this week, including three Irish nationals and 11 French.
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 13:28
Flags, Fortunes and Reflections. SWJED. Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:28pm. Many years have passed since the last uniformed American left Vietnam. Those of us that were there have many mixed feelings and emotions on the subject. There is sufficient distance that historians have time to dissect actions ranging from Presidential decisions to the amount of mixed-race babies left behind to the quality of c rations. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 12:18
They and There. SWJED. Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:18pm. Once a year, the Nation honors the Veterans. Each day the Veteran honors us all with the fruits of that service. The Veteran internally recalls, reflects and remembers the very personal and unique aspects of that time served There. Together, all the Veterans have a binding thread we honor that only they can know and share- the knowledge that they were part of something larger than themselves over There. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 05:03
It's Time to Review the Civil-Military Dialogue. by James M. Dubik – Association of the U.S. Army. The U.S. faces a complex strategic environment: ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the global war against al-Qaida and its ilk; a seething war in Syria; unrest in Libya and other parts of Africa; Russia-induced instability in Eastern Europe; a rising China and defiant Iran; an unrepentant North Korea still in control of its nuclear weapons; and worried allies. The security environment at home is no less complex.
Small Wars Journal 11/11/2019 04:53
'That Mission is Not Yet Complete': Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman on 18 Years in Afghanistan. by Madison Dibble – Washington Examiner. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said the 18-year mission in Afghanistan is not over. American troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001 following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 more than 18 years ago.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 14:55
Trump to Confront Turkey About Buying Russian Defense System. – Associated Press. President Donald Trump's national security adviser says Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet Wednesday at the White House. Robert O'Brien tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that the U.S. is "very upset" about Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 system. O'Brien says if the NATO ally doesn't get rid of that system, Turkey will likely face U.S. sanctions.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 14:07
Modern-Day 'Monuments Men': Smithsonian, U.S. Army Partner to Preserve Culture Amid War. by Jenae Barnes – ABC News. The U.S. Army Reserve and the Smithsonian are partnering to "Monuments Men" program, reviving that in World War II. The "Monuments Men" were 345 service members 1943 to 1951 and recover 5 million pieces of art, books and other valuables -- most of which had been stolen by the Nazis during the war.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 13:06
U.N.: Civilian Deaths Surge in Escalating Syrian Conflicts. Lisa Schlein – Voice of America. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - U.N. monitors report scores of civilians are being killed and wounded, and thousands are fleeing their homes as violence and human rights abuse escalate in northern and northeastern Syria. In just the last five days, at least 92 civilians have been killed in these two separate battles.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 00:10
The Mad Scramble for Syria. by Kathy Gilinsan – Defense One. After weeks of chaos in the northeast, great powers redrew a small chunk of the map. And a bigger story is just beginning. The U.S. pulled back. Turkey moved in. Kurdish forces retreated. The Syrian government gloated. Russia struck a deal and sent in more troops. people died and more than 100,000 fled. All this happened over a few weeks in October across a long but narrow strip of Syrian land running 300 miles along the Turkish border. It looked like a 21st-century great-power scramble to redraw the map. In reality, not much territory changed hands. So after almost a month of chaos, the U.S. is caught in a new maelstrom of competing proxies, its weak leverage further damaged, and t.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 00:09
Islamic State Is Alive and Well in South Asia. by Siddharthya Roy – The Diplomat. … The quote embodies everything that’s changed in the jihadist tendencies of the Indian subcontinent. And it foretells how the bloodletting will remain unaffected in the Indian theater, despite the killings of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi and his spokesperson Al-Muhajir by the United States late last month. Essentially, South Asia is witnessing the emergence of a new brand of terrorism. Unencumbered by the strings of foreign state influence, or the weight of partisan politics and regional status quos, the new jihadists of the Islamic State era are driven by a unifying dream that transcends individual leaders. Rooted as they are in the immediate issu.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 00:07
How Cuban Art Fed Africa's Liberation Struggles. by Lucy Fleming – BBC News. An exhibition of Cuban propaganda posters and magazines in London shows the support Fidel Castro gave to African liberation movements during the Cold War. The art works were produced for Castro's Organisation of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (Ospaaal), which was born out of the Tricontinental Conference, hosted in Havana in 1966, to combat US imperialism. "A lot of African countries were represented as part of the delegation there, including liberation movements.
Small Wars Journal 11/10/2019 00:04
Iraqi Forces Push Protesters Back to Main Square, Kill Five. – Reuters. BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces killed at least five people Saturday as they pushed protesters back toward their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said. The clashes wounded scores more people and put security forces back in control of all except one major bridge linking the Iraqi capital's eastern residential and business districts to government headquarters across the Tigris river. The government promised reforms aimed at ending the crisis.
Small Wars Journal 11/09/2019 19:29
Can You Really “Deradicalize” a Terrorist? By Obi Anyadike – MIT T echnology Review. … When I first met him, in 2015, he was an inmate in Nigeria’s Kuje Prison, and one of the most senior members of Boko Haram being held in custody. He was also one of 41 subjects in a new experiment being conducted by the government. Faced with a difficult war against insurgents in the remote northeast, Nigeria had decided on a new strategy to tackle extremism: a mixture of amnesty, demobilization, and reprogramming to whittle away jihadist recruits. The idea was to undermine Boko Haram through bloodless attrition, not just by slugging it out on the battlefield. The program was designed and run by Fatima Akilu, a soft-spoken psychologist who had trained in t.
Small Wars Journal 11/09/2019 18:31
Mexico's Security Strategy Called Into Question After Mormon Killings, Other Violence. by Ray Sanchez - CNN News. After relatives and members of their stood around the smoldering carnage for hours before local authorities arrived. The horrific broad-daylight crime stunned even a country long ravaged by drug violence and on pace for a record high number of homicides this year.

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