Category Taliban

Don’t Discount The Threat Posed By Returning Female Foreign Fighters/Jihadists

Don’t Discount the Threat Posed by Female Foreign Fighters georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org · by GSSR · May 9, 2019 May 09, 2019 ISIS’ all-female al-Khansaa brigade, a morality police, ensures women in the caliphate adhere to Islamic norms. Photo Credit: The Strait Times. By: Alicia Chavy, Columnist In December, the U.S. announced that it would withdraw its troops from Syria, […]

Why America Will Face Even Deadlier Insurgents In The Future

Excerpts: As insurgencies shifted from hierarchies to fluid networks, they have also melded with organized crime. During the Cold War, many insurgent movements found that by adopting leftist rhetoric and ideology, they could attract support from the Soviet Union or another communist nation. Today few countries actively support insurgency, so insurgents must generate their own […]

Former Taliban Leader Mullah Omar, “Lived Within Walking Distance Of American Military Bases In Afghanistan For Years, In Embarrassing Failure Of U.S. Intelligence; Though Gen. (Ret.) Petraeus Has His Doubts

Former Taliban Leader Mullah Omar, “Lived Within Walking Distance Of American Military Bases In Afghanistan For Years, In Embarrassing Failure Of U.S. Intelligence; Though Gen. (Ret.) Petraeus Has His Doubts https://fortunascorner.com     Leigh McManus posted a March 11, 2019 article on the website of the DailyMail.com noting that one of the U.S. Government’s most wanted Taliban […]

Congress Can’t Micromanage Boots On The Ground

Congress Can’t Micromanage Boots On The Ground Bloomberg · by Noah Feldman · February 1, 2019 Standing guard in Korea. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a nonbinding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, that contradicts President Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Syria and Afghanistan. It asserts that too fast a withdrawal […]

Obama’s Secret Rationale For The Raid On Bin Laden

Obama’s Secret Rationale For The Raid On Bin Laden Bloomberg · by Stephen L. Carter · January 29, 2019 But was it legal? Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images North America Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images North America So it looks like those secret Osama bin Laden memos are going to stay secret a bit longer. These are the written opinions […]

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough To Kill A General

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough To Kill A General ByMujib Mashal and Thomas Gibbons-NeffThe New York Times · by Mujib Mashal · November 2, 2018 Gen. Abdul Raziq at his home in Kandahar City in 2015.CreditBryan Denton for The New York Times KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Minutes before killing one of the most important generals in Afghanistan, the infiltrator […]

The Push To Privatize The Afghan War

The Push to Privatize the Afghan War thecipherbrief.com Erik Prince Blackwater Founder Erik Prince is making a renewed public push to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The current CEO and Founder of Frontier Services Group, (a security, aviation and logistics company primarily doing business in Africa) has reportedly gotten the attention of the President, […]

Bolton Open To Privatizing Military Operations In Afghanistan

Excerpt: Bolton open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan The Hill · by Michael Burke · August 19, 2018 White House national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said he’s open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan following reports last week that President Trump is considering the option. When asked about the idea on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Bolton said “there […]

Trump Weighs Blackwater Founder’s Pitch To Privatize Afghanistan War

Excerpts: Trump weighs Blackwater founder’s pitch to privatize Afghanistan war By Bob Fredericks, nypost.com View Original August 17th, 2018 President Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the Pentagon’s Afghanistan strategy and has shown interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, NBC News reported Friday. Prince’s plan first came up last year during […]

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 […]