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My Life at a Russian Propaganda Network | POLITICO Magazine

What would you do if we asked you to write something that wasn’t true?” I was sitting in a 10th-floor conference room in the K Street offices of “RIA Global,” otherwise known as the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Russian-owned Sputnik News Service, where I’d come for a job interview. It was in mid-December, just over a month after Donald ... Read More »

As Trump Rolls Out War Plan, Taliban Are Gaining | The New York Times

Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri had an immediate question about the possibility that President Trump would send more American troops to Afghanistan. “Are there going to be only advisers?” he asked an American delegation visiting his base in heavily contested Nangarhar Province on Monday. His question cut to the heart of the line that the Pentagon is trying to straddle ... Read More »

ISIS poses one of the biggest threats to religious freedom, State report says | POLITICO

ISIS is one of the biggest threats to religious freedom across the globe and is responsible for genocide, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who described the threat posed by the Islamic State in the State Department’s annual religious freedom report. “ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled,” Tillerson wrote ... Read More »

AQAP publishes guide for derailing trains in the US, Europe | FDD’s Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 17th edition of its Inspire magazine, in which the group calls on supporters to strike trains in the US and Europe. The editors of Inspire say that followers can choose from one of three modes of attack. They can directly target the train from “either inside or from outside,” or target ... Read More »

How to Destroy Afghanistan: Establish a Private Contractor Army | The National Interest

In recent weeks, two major players in the private security industry proposed that Trump administration officials privatize U.S. military operations in Afghanistan to an unprecedented degree. Erik Prince, former owner of the now-defunct firm Blackwater Worldwide, proposed a scheme that would entail the appointment of a viceroy to oversee operations in Afghanistan, and the use of “private military units” to fill in ... Read More »

Trump signed the ‘Forever GI Bill.’ Here are 11 things you should know. | Military Times

President Trump has just put his signature on a new law that will bring significant changes to education benefits for service members, veterans and their families. The legislation known as the “Forever GI Bill” garnered strong bipartisan support in Congress, passing unanimously in both the House and Senate. “Today our commitment to support and care for the men and women who have served ... Read More »

Iraq sentences 27 to death over Camp Speicher massacre | DW

A court in Baghdad sentenced 27 men to death on Tuesday over the massacre at Iraq’s Camp Speicher, near the city of Tikrit. Some 1,700 soldiers were reportedly slaughtered and buried in mass graves when “Islamic State” (IS) militants took the compound in 2014. “The Central Criminal Court issued a verdict to execute 27 defendants after proving they were involved ... Read More »

Commentary: Amid White House chaos, a rise of the generals | Reuters

When White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney was asked why President Donald Trump had appointed former Marine officer John Kelly as chief of staff, Mulvaney had a simple explanation. “You know that he enjoys working with generals,” he said. Within this rambunctious, idiosyncratic presidency, a small but growing group of former military leaders appear almost the only ones able to operate, ... Read More »

Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War? | Defense One

The founder of Blackwater says privatizing the 16-year war could save taxpayer money. History, both recent and farther back, suggests a different outcome. The world is sliding in a strange direction when a Prince wishes to become a viceroy.That’s Erik Prince, the founder of the mercenary Academi, previously Xe, né Blackwater, who has been pushing a plan to privatize the war ... Read More »