Category counterinsurgency

A Rocket Attack (Against A Small U.S. Base/Outpost In Afghanistan): Two Narratives. This Is What Happened.

A Rocket Attack. Two Narratives. This Is What Happened. The New York Times · by Thomas Gibbons-Neff · May 12, 2020 at war Nine Americans were injured last October in an attack by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. The U.S. military said there were no casualties. The Marines’ living area on Outpost Bost after a Taliban attack in […]

How Cuba’s Spies Keep Winning; They’ve Infiltrated Another Attempt To Unseat Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

How Cuba’s Spies Keep Winning They’ve infiltrated another attempt to unseat Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-cubas-spies-keep-winning-11589139644? By Mary Anastasia O’Grady May 10, 2020 3:40 pm ET The failed landing on a rugged stretch of Venezuelan coastline last week by a band of mercenaries hoping to unseat Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro is another tragedy for the beleaguered […]

Breaking Down The Absolutely Batshit Coup Attempt Against Venezuela’s Maduro

Excerpts: Initially, it appeared that Guaido was looking for additional security services to protect the opposition leader at various public rallies to boost support for his cause, something that Silvercorp USA would later provide. A purported contract covering “strategic planning, procuring equipment, and project execution advisement,” and worth at least $50 million, and possibly as […]

American Says Failed Venezuelan Invasion Was To Arrest Maduro

American Says Failed Venezuelan Invasion Was to Arrest Maduro Maduro shows video of imprisoned American who says the mission of weekend raid was to topple the president and bring him to the U.S. https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-says-failed-venezuelan-invasion-was-to-arrest-maduro-11588813567 By Kejal Vyas and Jessica Donati May 6, 2020 9:06 pm ET Luke Alexander Denman, an American, was hired to lead […]

Sources: U.S. Investigating Ex-Green Beret For Venezuela Raid

Sources: US investigating ex-Green Beret for Venezuela raid AP · by JOSHUA GOODMAN · May 6, 2020 MIAMI (AP) — A former Green Beret who has claimed responsibility for an ill-fated military incursion into Venezuela is under federal investigation for arms trafficking, according to current and former U.S. law enforcement officials. The investigation into Jordan Goudreau is in […]

U.S. Denies Involvement In Alleged Venezuela Invasion Attempt As Details Remain Murky

U.S. denies involvement in alleged Venezuela invasion attempt as details remain murky By Karen DeYoung,  Anthony Faiola and  Alex Horton  May 6, 2020 at 11:44 a.m. EDT The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-venezuela-invasion-attempt/2020/05/05/8b4d64ec-8ee7-11ea-9e23-6914ee410a5f_story.html Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that “there was no United States government direct involvement” in an apparent attempt to invade Venezuela early this […]

France Boosts Anti-Terror Force In Sahel As U.S. Mulls Pull-Out

France boosts anti-terror force in Sahel as US mulls pull-out euronews.com · February 2, 2020 France is to boost its military presence in the Sahel, where it is fighting Islamist insurgents, by 600 troops, the Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday. It will bring the number of French soldiers taking part in the anti-terror operation, […]

Hiding In The Grass: Fear And Confusion AQs Fighters Overran A U.S. Airfield

Excerpts:   It remains unclear how the Shabab fighters made their way onto the Manda Bay base, whether by surprise or a vehicle packed with explosives. According to one American official, the group likely had patiently watched the base and had selected their attack based on the Americans’ well-established patterns. Investigators are looking at the […]

Iran Expands Support For Taliban, Targets U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan washingtontimes.com · by Guy Taylor A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slutman, of Newark, Del., was among … more […]

Decoding The Wagner Group: Analyzing The Role Of Private Military Security Contractors In Russian Proxy Warfare

Decoding the Wagner Group: Analyzing the Role of Private Military Security Contractors in Russian Proxy Warfare By: Candace Rondeaux Last updated on November 7th, 2019 https://www.newamerica.org/international-security/reports/decoding-wagner-group-analyzing-role-private-military-security-contractors-russian-proxy-warfare/ Tracing Wagner’s Roots The story of the Wagner Group has largely been told as the story of one critical Russian oligarch, Yvgeney Prigozhin, and his role in connecting private, financially motivated […]