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The Man Who Tried To Stop 9/11

The man who tried to stop 9/11 By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 1:37 PM ET, Mon August 6, 2018 https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/06/opinions/the-man-who-tried-to-stop-9-11-bergen/index.htmlEditor’s Note: Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a vice president at New America, a professor of practice at Arizona State University, the chairman of the Global Special Operations Foundation and the author of […]

U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Was Part Of CIA Operation

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  “Some detailed reporting.  Perhaps a little too detailed.  The author is quite slick by tying in official sources (e.g., SOCOM spokesman and Ranger Regiment commander) who say […]

Blackwater Founder Makes New Pitch For Mercenaries To Take Over Afghan War

Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to take over Afghan war The Hill · by Justin Wise · July 12, 2018 Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, is making a new pitch for his proposal to turn U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan over to mercenaries. Price promoted the plan in […]

HASC Chair Opening Remarks – Subcommittee On Emerging Threats & Capabilities

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2017 Contact: HASC Communications (202) 225-2539 OPENING REMARKS OF CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS & CAPABILITIES WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the Subcommittee’s hearing titled “Department […]

The Valley Boys: How a Lone Special Forces Team Is Fighting ISIS In Remote Mountains Of Afghanistan

A long long read about our guys at the tip end of the spear.  RCP, fortunascorner.com The Valley Boys: How a Lone Special Forces Team is Fighting ISIS in Remote Mountains of Afghanistan blackriflecoffee.com Buck, a former US Army Ranger-turned-Special Forces communication sergeant, quietly watched as a C-130 cargo airplane lifted off from the runway […]

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 […]

U.S. Seeks Arab Force And Funding For Syria – An ‘Arab NATO’

U.S. Seeks Arab Force and Funding for Syria Under plan, troops would replace American military contingent after ISIS defeat and help secure country’s north; proposal faces challenges https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-seeks-arab-force-and-funding-for-syria-1523927888 American troops looked out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February. PHOTO: SUSANNAH GEORGE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By Michael R. […]

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’?

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’? By Franz-stefan Gady, thediplomat.com View Original April 6th, 2018 In August 2014, I interviewed a group of shell-shocked Christian refugees from the town of Qarakosh — then, the largest Christian city of Iraq — in a makeshift refugee camp in Erbil following their harrowing escape from the terror group Islamic […]