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Where Did the U.S. Go Wrong in the Philippines? A Hard Look at a ‘Success’ Story | War on the Rocks

Since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Special Operations Forces have been involved in training and assisting their Philippine counterparts. This has been hailed as a successful mission, with a small footprint, an acceptable price tag, and few Americans returning home in body bags. And yet, 17 years later, I and other analysts of Philippine security issues are still ... Read More »

Taliban announces first cease-fire with Afghan forces since start of war | The Washington Post

The Taliban announced its first-ever cease-fire with Afghan forces on Saturday, accepting the Kabul government’s offer to halt fighting at the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The militant group, in a statement to reporters, said it would impose a truce with Afghan troops for three days but would continue attacks on foreign forces. The United States has ... Read More »

Check out the Taliban’s new punk rock uniforms | Military Times

The Pakistani Taliban has debuted a new uniform that combines decades of punk rock, splashes of Gwen Stefani — and a dash of dominatrix. Flawlessly blending a combination of camo pants, black shirts, fingerless leather gloves and a total disregard for parental authority, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) strutted their stuff in a new training video featuring rocket-propelled grenades, white ... Read More »

PAKISTAN WAVES A BIN LADEN OLIVE BRANCH AT US, AS CHINESE CASH LOSES SHINE | SCMP

The anticipation around the possible release of an imprisoned Pakistani doctor may coincide with a thaw in the South Asian nation’s relations with its traditional ally, the United States, and disquiet over the financial hazards of deepening ties with China. In the corridors of power in Islamabad, there is a growing expectation that Pakistan could free Shakil Afridi – who ... Read More »

Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns | War is Boring

Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by warhead.su suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but rather in the Russian ammunition they fire. This is not a ... Read More »

A veil of secrecy fuels doubts on Afghan war | Boston Globe

It is challenging enough that the war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 17 years. But now the Trump administration is raising hackles in Congress by cloaking in official secrecy an unusual amount of data about the longest armed conflict in American history, including, until very recently, the dwindling size of the beleaguered Afghan military. Information contained in a ... Read More »

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency | Combating Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive ... Read More »

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency | Combatting Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive ... Read More »