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Afghanistan Takes a Bloody Path to Pursue Peace | The Atlantic

The years keep passing with the United States in Afghanistan—nearly 17 in all now—and the death toll keeps climbing. This week it was twin suicide bombings in Kabul that killed 25 people, including nine journalists, plus an attack on a military convoy in the country’s south that wounded several Romanian service members and killed an unknown number of children nearby. ... Read More »

Second wave of Arab revolutions ‘inevitable’, experts say | Al Jazeera

 Eight years after the so-called Arab Spring, the region is facing the prospect of another phase of revolts due to pressing financial, urbanisation and unemployment challenges, experts have argued. Several Arab leaders were deposed in the aftermath of the popular 2010 and 2011 uprisings, while others’ grip on power was loosened. Speaking during the 12th Al Jazeera Forum, held this weekend ... Read More »

Do Israel’s Targeted Killings Work? | The National Interest

Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman’s Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations is a remarkable work of nonfiction. Written like a fast-paced thriller, it provides a detailed history and analysis of almost all of Israel’s major (successful and unsuccessful) attempts to assassinate its presumed enemies. These include the killing of Abu Jihad, the PLO’s de facto military chief; ... Read More »

Palestinian lecturer and Hamas member killed in Malaysia | BBC News

A Palestinian professor and member of the Hamas militant organisation has been killed in a drive-by shooting on the streets of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The family of Fadi al-Batsh, 35, has accused Israel’s spy agency Mossad of being behind his killing on Saturday. Malaysian officials said the suspects are believed to have links to a foreign intelligence agency. ... Read More »

Army narrows locations for new Futures Command to 15 | Defense News

There are now 15 cities the Army will choose from to host its new modernization command, the service told Congress, where lawmakers are lobbying to attract it. The Army says Army Futures Command headquarters, with less than 500 personnel, will be located in either Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh, N.C., San Diego, San Francisco ... Read More »

Inside the Competitive, Corrupt World of Russian Intelligence | The Cipher Brief

Bottom Line: The Kremlin employs an array of often overlapping and competitive security and intelligence services to create multiple sources of intelligence, encourage risk-taking and keep a wary eye on each other. This has enabled Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate power by playing agencies off of each other to avoid uninvited power grabs. But these redundancies can also create inefficiencies that ... Read More »

Army Chief: Assad Should Pay a Big Price for Recent Chemical Attack | Military.com

The U.S. Army‘s chief of staff today said he agreed with President Trump that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should pay a big price for a recent alleged chemical attack on a Damascus suburb. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Gen. Mark Milley testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Assad’s arsenal of chemical weapons should be attacked. “The President said ... Read More »