Category counterinsurgency

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, 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. […]

Liberation Of Yemen’s Hudaydah – First Objective Of New U.S.-Backed Saudi-UAE Pact Liberation of Yemen’s Hudaydah – first objective of new US-backed Saudi-UAE Pact Jun 16, 2018 @ 12:21 Diane Shalem The Saudi-Emirates’ partial capture of Hudaydah airport from the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Saturday, June 16, came on the third day of their offensive to capture the important Red Sea port town. This success is already strategically significant in six ways, DEBKAfile […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Generals Worry U.S. May Lose In Start Of Next War: Is Multi-Domain The Answer?

Excerpts: But when we try to counterattack, today’s adversaries won’t allow the US four or five months to mobilize, deploy, and prepare the way Saddam Hussein did twice (in 1990-91 and 2002-3), added another participant: “We’re predictable. They’ve built a system to take advantage of that predictability.”   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — a former […]

Military Cites Broad Failures In Deadly Niger Ambush, But Assigns No Direct Blame

Military Cites Broad Failures in Deadly Niger Ambush, but Assigns No Direct Blame The New York Times · by Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt May 10, 2018·  WASHINGTON — A Defense Department investigation of a Special Forces mission in Niger released Thursday found widespread problems across all levels of the military operation, but concludes that […]

Statement By Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White ONiger Investigation Report

Statement by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White on Niger Investigation Report 05/10/2018 10:59 AM CDT IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-145-18 May 10, 2018 Statement by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White on Niger Investigation Report Defense Secretary James N. Mattis concluded his review of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) investigative report on the […]

U.S. Commandos In Africa Are Told To Avoid Combat Missions Or ‘Do Not Go’

Excerpts: The narrative of what happened in the African scrub in October has shifted several times, and the investigation is expected to lay much of the blame on junior officers instead of senior commanders.   The leader of the ill-fated team of Americans soldiers in Niger had warned before the mission that his troops did not […]

Leaders Of U.S. Soldiers Killed In Niger Filed Misleading Mission Plan, Say Officials

Leaders of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger filed misleading mission plan, say officials By Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube, View Original May 8th, 2018 From left, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright were killed in Niger when a joint patrol of American and Niger […]