22 Jan 2019

Army’s long-awaited Iraq war study: Iran was the only winner in conflict that holds lessons for future wars

The U.S. Army has finally released its massive publication examining its operations, successes, and failures in Iraq since 2003. The study, which includes over 1,000 declassified documents, was finished in 2016 but its publication was delayed until now, some saying for reasons of preventing premature disclosure of sensitive political information.

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18 Jan 2019

‘Tens of Thousands’ of Government Contractors Laid Off Due to Shutdown

While the country’s unemployment rates are at a low, the next report could reflect some side effects of the shutdown: namely “tens of thousands” of layoffs by contractors who are losing around $1.5 billion per week. With 9,000 federal employees furloughed, employment is but one of the economic areas seeing

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17 Jan 2019

Trump considering oil embargo, recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate President

President Trump is reportedly considering the possibility of recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and leader of the political opposition bloc as the country’s legitimate president, according to several sources. President Trump is also reportedly considering a full embargo against Venezuelan oil, which would increase US gas prices by

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16 Jan 2019

Iran satellite fails to reach orbit after launch that worried US

The Iranian rocket launch working to place a satellite into orbit failed in its mission on Tuesday, according to the country’s telecommunications minister. The planned launch had been strongly criticized by the US who accused the country of breaching the UN Security Council resolution that called upon Iran not to

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15 Jan 2019

Small group of Marines, sailors complete ‘first step’ in building long-term Latin America task force

The U.S. is slowly strengthening a multinational task force in Latin America whose role spans from natural disaster to security responses. 2018’s exercises saw the first time officers from foreign partner countries were integrated into the command staff, when a Colombian officer served as deputy commander of the task force.

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14 Jan 2019

US and Europe moving towards a unified ‘Syraq’ strategy through the NATO Mission in Iraq

U.S. involvement in Syria and in Iraq is blending into a single “Syraq” entity and policy through the Nato Mission in Iraq, according to some analysts, a change that will force policy adjustments from Russia, Turkey, and Iran. The NMI commander has declared its new, long-term mandate to be a

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14 Jan 2019

How the US and China collaborated to get nuclear material out of Nigeria — and away from terrorist groups

Over the past 6 months and through peak tensions in the U.S.-China trade war, the U.S. cooperated with China and several other countries to remove enriched, weapons-grade uranium out of Nigeria at risk of theft by terror groups or other malicious actors. While the facility did not contain enough of

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11 Jan 2019

Iran says its rockets will send two satellites into orbit, despite US concerns

Iran is moving forward with plans to launch two new satellites using domestically-produced rockets, pushing through US accusations that such launches defy UN Security Council resolutions that calls on the country not to carry out operations related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iran insists that these launches and rockets built to

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11 Jan 2019

Sudan’s Bashir Vows to Stay in Power as Protests Rage

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ruled the country since gaining power through a military coup in 1989 when he, an army Brigadier General, joined forces with Islamist factions. His rule has been characterized by significant military expenditures, widespread poverty, and violent repressions and wars, leading to the ICC to issue

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11 Jan 2019

Moscow’s Little-Noticed Islamic-Outreach Effort

Comprising nearly 15% of then population and a majority in several region, Russia is home to many Muslims. Conflicts in its Muslim areas like Chechnya have led it to lead many efforts to support moderate interpretations of the religion. Like the US, it has also made concerted efforts to fight

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