Category Taliban

Osama bin Laden’s Files: AQIM Commander Recommended Training Boko Haram’s Members

Osama bin Laden’s Files: AQIM Commander Recommended Training Boko Haram’s Members By Thomas Joscelyn, www.longwarjournal.org View Original February 18th, 2017 On Jan. 19, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 49 documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound. To date, only a few hundred documents from bin Laden’s massive cache have been declassified. Still, the […]

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute  Feb 18, 2017  GSSR  Europe, In The News, International Security, Military & Defense  0 http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/2017/02/18/the-wars-of-today-and-tomorrow-a-conversation-with-douglas-lute/ By: Will Chim, Reporter Photo Credit: United States Institute of Peace (USIP) This month, the United States Institute of Peace hosted a discussion event with Douglas Lute to discuss “the wars of today and tomorrow”. […]

Michael Flynn, General Chaos

Michael Flynn, General Chaos By Nicholas Schmidle, www.newyorker.com View Original February 27th, 2017 “I said, ‘Fetch Chardonnay,’ not ‘Riesling.’ “ Two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former intelligence officer, sat down in a Washington restaurant. On the tablecloth, he placed a […]

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran By Det-a Book Authors, www.detachment-a.org View Original February 6th, 2017 It was the early 1970’s, at Andrews Barracks in Berlin, where a stern looking Special Forces Sergeant Major paced down the hallway for roll call. Daily army accountability formations are normally held outside, but due to the […]

An American Who Interrogated al-Qaeda Suspects Says It’s About Talk – Not Torture

An American Who Interrogated al-Qaeda Suspects Says It’s About Talk – Not Torture pri.org · by Carol Hills · January 27, 2017 Detainees participate in an early morning prayer session at Camp IV at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base on Aug. 5, 2009. Credit: It’s been a week of “will he or won’t he” […]

Toward An Afghan End State

Toward An Afghan End State by Gary Anderson Journal Article |  January 23, 2017 – 7:18pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/toward-an-afghan-end-state Toward an Afghan End State Gary Anderson As President Trump inherits the war in Afghanistan, the best piece of advice anyone can give him is that this is about as good as it is going to get. The government […]

Dushanbe Probing Claim Taliban Tanks Being Repaired In Tajikistan

http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-taliban-tajikistan-weapons-repair-allegations/28209369.html?ltflags=mailer Dushanbe Probing Claim Taliban Tanks Being Repaired In Tajikistan Last Updated: January 02, 2017 RFE/RL’s Tajik Service RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan Muhammad Omar Safi (left) claims that cooperation between the Afghan Taliban and the Russian military has been going on for nearly two years. Tajik authorities are looking into claims by an Afghan official […]

A New American Grand Strategy: By General Jim Mattis

A New American Grand Strategy by General Jim Mattis Thursday, February 26, 2015 http://www.hoover.org/research/new-american-grand-strategy Image credit: Barbara Kelley The world is awash in change. The international order, so painstakingly put together by the greatest generation coming home from mankind’s bloodiest conflict, is under increasing stress. It was created with elements we take for granted: the United Nations, […]

The Case For David Petraeus As Secretary Of State

Excerpt: By this point, the message I’m trying to get across has probably become fairly obvious, so I’ll wrap things up: not only was David Petraeus one of our finest field commanders in American history, but he would be an outstanding choice for Mr. Trump in a civilian capacity. The Case For David Petraeus As […]

In Trump’s Security Pick, Michael Flynn, ‘Sharp Elbows’ And No Dissent

In Trump’s Security Pick, Michael Flynn, ‘Sharp Elbows’ And No Dissent The New York Times · by MATTHEW ROSENBERG · December 3, 2016 By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT DEC. 3, 2016 Michael T. Flynn, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, on Thursday at Trump Tower in New York. Sam Hodgson for The New York Times WASHINGTON – […]