Category Iraq

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]

Why America’s Army Is Falling Apart

Gen. George Washington told his officers, “If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.” Washington’s wise words are being systematically ignored by the Army.   On July 18 the 173rd Airborne Brigade, along with allied NATO airborne units, will conduct a Joint Forcible Entry exercise near Bezmer Air Base, Bulgaria.The goal is to […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]

The Trump Vision For America Abroad; By NSC Adviser LTG. H.R. McMaster

Conclusion: America First is rooted in confidence that our values are worth defending and promoting. This is a time of great challenge for our friends and allies around the globe — but it is also a moment of extraordinary opportunity. The American delegation returned from the trip with tremendous optimism about the future and what […]

Satellites Reveal Secret U.S. Bases Emerging In The Desert

I would like to think this is part of a denial/deception plan.  RCP   Satellites Reveal Secret U.S. Bases Emerging In The Desert The Daily Beast · by David Axe · July 11, 2017 Imagery from June appears to show a small airstrip in southern Syria near the border with Jordan and Iraq—that’s in addition to a drone […]

Breaking News: Hawaiian Active-Duty Soldier Arrested, Accused Of Trying To Support ISIS

Jul 10, 2017 Hawaiian Active-Duty Soldier Arrested, Accused Of Trying To Support ISIS The soldier, identified as 34-year-old Ikaika Kang, of Waipahu, was taken into custody on Saturday by an FBI SWAT team. The FBI said in a statement that the Army and the FBI had been investigating Kang for more than a year. The […]

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill By: Joe Gould, for Defense News // July 10, 2017     WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its $696.5 billion defense policy bill on Monday, which reflects an emerging deal among House Republican leaders but falls short what pro-defense lawmakers sought.  The committee’s draft 2018 National Defense […]

American Special Operations: Past, Present, And Future – Modern War Institute

Excerpts: This is what most people think of when they hear the term “special operations,” elite forces swooping in snatching a target and swooping back out again before anyone knows they were there. Whole Redbox machines could be filled with movies that have plot lines with special operators as the heroes—steely-eyed killers, super soldiers, whose […]

Russian Military Police May Be Deployed In Syria’s Buffer Zones

http://tass.com/defense/954591 Russian Military Police May Be Deployed In Syria’s Buffer Zones Military & Defense July 04, 19:23 UTC+3 Establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria will begin within two or three weeks after signing relevant documents Share 232 © Yuri Smetyuk/TASS ASTANA, July 4. /TASS/. Russia’s military police may be deployed in buffer security zones in Syria, […]

A View From The CT Foxhole: LTG Michael K. Nagata, Director, Directorate Of Strategic Operational Planning, NCTC

It is great to see LTG. Mike Nagata doing so well.  What a great American,  RCP, fortunascorner.com Excerpt: In terms of scope and scale, I don’t want to be guilty of hyperbole here. Terrorism is not the worst problem the world faces. But it is certainly a much larger problem today than it was 10 years […]