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Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 06:51
Afghanistan’s Karzai Says American Cash Fed Corruption. by Kathy Gannon – Associated Press. Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings from a trove of newly published documents that about the war in Afghanistan. Karzai said the documents, , confirm his long-running complaints about U.S. spending... .
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 06:31
Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria. by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt – New York Times. The Trump administration’s rapidly shifting strategy in northern Syria has American commanders there scrambling to protect their forces from an expected surge in actions by military units from Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Syrian government, as well as their proxy forces, according to Defense Department officials.
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 05:33
The Most Sorrowful Traffic: Defeating the Human Trafficking that Feeds Modern Conflict. SWJED. Wed, 12/11/2019 - 5:33am. That the practice of human trafficking—with its concomitants of forced labor and sexual exploitation—is alive and well in the contemporary world is a shocking fact, one that strikes at the conscience and stretches credulity (can this really still be happening in the twenty-first century?).
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 05:10
Time for a Sequel to the Arab Peace Initiative. SWJED. Wed, 12/11/2019 - 5:10am. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has fallen down the list of political priorities in recent years as regional and global powers have been preoccupied with more pressing issues—including tensions with Iran; wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya; unrest in Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria; the rise of intestate competition, including with Russia and China, in the region; and a host of internal issues affecting the countries of the region.
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 09:45
Douglas Lute, Former Afghan War Czar, On Report About What Americans Knew About War. by – National Public Radio. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Douglas Lute, former Afghan War czar for the Bush and Obama administrations, about a Washington Post report, which claims the public wasn't told the truth about the war effort. . SWJED. Tue, 12/10/2019 - 9:45am. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 08:38
Senior Enlisted Leaders React to Afghanistan Papers: ‘I’ve Never Been Lied To’. by Meghann Meyers – Military Times. The outgoing Pentagon senior enlisted adviser and his incoming replacement weighed in on about the direction and success of the since within months of U.S. troops hitting the ground in , roundly denying that they ever felt lied to about the mission and touting the progress the country has made in the intervening years. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, told reporters that while he had not fully read the Washington Posts’s story, he disagreed with assertions that either the troops or public had been manipulated into believing a certain
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 07:52
Russia, Ukraine Leaders Agree on Ceasefire Following Four-Way Talks in Paris. Lisa Bryant – Voice of America. PARIS - Russian and Ukrainian leaders agreed to implement a ceasefire and a prisoners' swap by years end, following four-way talks in Paris on Monday that also included France and Germany. The four heads of state said they had made progress and that just talking was a key step forward.
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 23:01
Parts In A Life. Parts In A Life. Keith Nightingale. I found this foto today and it brought back a lot of memories as well as a reflection on life in general and how much life is just an agglomeration of luck and timing. Fortunate and unfortunate are mere millimeters of time and whimsical at best. This was taken on 26 June 1967 in the aftermath of a battle at Suoi Long-described in my book- Living & Breathing. We are in the now exposed primary battle area-less than 100 meters wide and 200 meters deep. Once densely shrouded and internally visible for less than 20 meters in any direction, it is now grossly open and uprooted-the results of an hour of intense air strikes. What is not apparent is the overwhelming cloud of aroma-the sharp smells of
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 22:01
What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan? By Sarah Almukhtar and Rod Nordland – New York Times. All told, the cost of nearly 18 years of war in Afghanistan will amount to more than $2 trillion. Was the money well spent? There is little to show for it. The Taliban control much of the country. Afghanistan remains one of the world’s largest sources of refugees and migrants. More than have died. Still, life has improved, particularly in the country’s cities, where opportunities for education have grown. Many more girls are now in school. And democratic institutions have been built — although they are shaky at best. Drawing on estimates from Brown University’s Costs of War Project, we assessed how much the United States spent on diffe.
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.

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