Category Afghanistan

Strategic Disruption By Exploiting Ethnic Separatism Is A Viable Option To Counter China And Create Alternatives In Afghanistan

Strategic disruption by exploiting ethnic separatism is a viable option to counter China and create alternatives in Afghanistan “A restored independent and secular Balochistan could; derail BRI and Chinese military expansion, open a sea route to Afghanistan, drive a stake into the heart of radical Islam and threaten Iran’s theocracy because of the sizable Baloch […]

Former CIA Dir./Gen. (Ret.) Petreaus Backs U.S. Pullout From Iran Nuclear Deal

https://www.jpost.com//Breaking-News/Former-CIA-head-says-he-backs-US-pullout-from-Iran-nuclear-deal-560169 Jerusalem Post Breaking News Former CIA head says he backs U.S. pullout from Iran nuclear deal By Yonah Jeremy Bob June 17, 2018 13:35 Share on facebook Share on twitter Ex CIA Director, retired General David Petraeus said on Sunday that he  welcomes the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Speaking at an event in […]

The American Who Says He’s Been The Target Of Five Air Strikes

The American Who Says He’s Been the Target of Five Air Strikes By Conor Friedersdorf, www.theatlantic.com View Original June 18th, 2018 He was born Darrell Lamont Phelps. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, moved down to the city, tried his hand at comedy, and later converted to Islam, adopting the name of Bilal Abdul Kareem. […]

Australia’s Ugly Turn In Afghanistan

David Maxwell Comment:  “A painful read but something all combat leaders at every level should read and reflect upon.” Australia’s ugly turn in Afghanistan The Sydney Morning Herald · by Chris Masters · June 8, 2018 Looking back, the chaplain was just what was needed. Afghanistan was turning into a slaughterhouse. Coalition casualties had as much as doubled […]

In Defense Of The CIA’s Moral Compass

In Defense of the CIA’s Moral Compass thecipherbrief.com Steven A. CashFormer Chief Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein In a recent op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, titled ‘At the CIA, Immorality Is Part of the Job’, a retired lawyer and former commissioner for Major League Baseball, Mr. Fay Vincent, opined about the CIA’s history and […]

The Great Afghan Paradox

Excerpts: The Great Afghan Paradox arises from the fact that victory remains elusive and sometimes seems impossible even after seventeen years of fighting, while a defeat that cedes Afghanistan to Islamist terrorist groups with the blood of thousands of Westerners on their hands is all but unthinkable. Already Daesh has made inroads in the country […]

Drone Wars: How ‘Off-The-Shelf’ Drones Are Changing The Way Wars Are Fought.

Drone wars: How ‘off-the-shelf’ drones are changing the way wars are fought. By Kam Razavi, globalnews.ca View Original May 28th, 2018 As the battle for control of the Middle East rages on, a new front is opening up in the skies, and it’s capturing the attention of the world’s top military planners. For years, the United States […]

Trump’s Pick To Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal A New Approach

Trump’s Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach TIME · by W.J. Hennigan Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller has been tapped to be the next commander of U.S.-led military forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said, as waves of attacks continue to rock the wartorn nation after nearly 17 years of conflict. Miller, who spent much of […]

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Two CIA Vet Takes On CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes

Two CIA Vet Takes on CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes www.thecipherbrief.com View Original April 19th, 2018 The nomination hearing of Gina Haspel to lead the agency is shaping up to be a bruising interrogation over Haspel’s role in the destruction of evidence regarding the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation techniques program. Haspel, currently deputy director […]