Category Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mattis To Stay On At Pentagon

Defense Secretary Mattis To Stay On At Pentagon freebeacon.com · by Bill Gertz · November 8, 2018ShareEmail Secretary of Defense James Mattis / Getty Images BY: Follow @BillGertz November 8, 2018 11:50 am Contradicting press reports, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has no plans to step down and leave the Trump administration following the midterm elections, his spokeswoman says. “No. There […]

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough To Kill A General

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough To Kill A General ByMujib Mashal and Thomas Gibbons-NeffThe New York Times · by Mujib Mashal · November 2, 2018 Gen. Abdul Raziq at his home in Kandahar City in 2015.CreditBryan Denton for The New York Times KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Minutes before killing one of the most important generals in Afghanistan, the infiltrator […]

Mattis Shares Threat Pictures Behind New National Defense Strategy

Mattis Shares Threat Pictures Behind New National Defense Strategy dod.defense.gov · October 31, 2018 Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington yesterday. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the United States Institute of Peace, in a […]

The Last Americans Fighting In Afghanistan

Opinion The Last Americans Fighting In Afghanistan A rare look at the front lines where Special Forces battle the Islamic State. Operational Detachment Alpha members using high-powered telescopes to search for Islamic State fighters hidden in the mountains.CreditCreditPhotographs by Andrew Quilty Opinion The Last Americans Fighting in Afghanistan A rare look at the front lines […]

CENTCOM Commander: Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Isn’t Happening

CENTCOM Commander: Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Isn’t Happening By Jeff Schogol, taskandpurpose.comView OriginalOctober 4th, 2018 Neither the Afghan government nor the U.S. military believes in Erik Prince’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. Erik Prince, founder of the company that used to be known as “Blackwater,” has […]

Erik Prince, In Kabul, Pushes Privatization Of The Afghan War

Erik Prince, In Kabul, Pushes Privatization Of The Afghan War The Washington Post · by Karen DeYoung · October 4, 2018 Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater and now chairman of Frontier Services, in Hong Kong in March 2017. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg News) More than a year after his plan to privatize the Afghan war was first shot down by […]

China’s Penetration Of Afghanistan

https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/chinas-surreptitious-advance-in-afghanistan/ Deteriorating Afghan security poses risks for China, so Beijing is quietly building up its presence in the area. By Shubhangi Pandey September 22, 2018 Given the dysfunctional state of affairs in war-torn Afghanistan for the past decades, and the country’s strategic location on the world map, it is unsurprising to witness China’s fast-growing interest in […]

The Enemy Gets A Vote

Conclusion: The Enemy Gets a Vote By Kim Cragin, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalSeptember 16th, 2018 Editor’s Note: Perhaps the biggest counterterrorism challenge facing the Trump administration is whether or not to keep a robust military presence in Syria now that the Islamic State has been forced underground. Kim Cragin of the National Defense University argues that the killing of jihadist leaders […]

The Push To Privatize The Afghan War

The Push to Privatize the Afghan War thecipherbrief.com Erik Prince Blackwater Founder Erik Prince is making a renewed public push to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The current CEO and Founder of Frontier Services Group, (a security, aviation and logistics company primarily doing business in Africa) has reportedly gotten the attention of the President, […]

Simon Draper: China’s Mysterious Belt And Road Initiative

https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/106338314/simon-draper-chinas-mysterious-belt-and-road-initiative Simon Draper: China’s mysterious Belt and Road Initiative SIMON DRAPER Last updated 05:00, August 20 2018 CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS People take pictures in front of a “Golden Bridge on Silk Road” installation, set up ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in China in 2017. OPINION: If you’ve hosted any visitors from China lately, you may […]