Irregular Warfare and Defense News

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  • ‘I Have Nothing Left’: Flooding Adds to Afghanistan’s Crises
    by Yaqoob Akbary, Christina Goldbaum and Kiana Hayeri on August 18, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Widespread flash floods have left more than 40 dead and 100 others injured in recent days, battering a country already reeling from an economic crisis, terrorist attacks and other natural disasters.

  • 8/18/22 National Security and Korean News and Commentary
    by Dave Maxwell on August 18, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    8/18/22 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE. Access Korean News HERE. National Security News Content: 1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, AUGUST 17 (Putin’s War) 2. Russia’s War in Ukraine Is How the Soviet Union Finally Ends 3. Russia Is Training Drone Hobbyists to Fight in Ukraine 4. US to hold trade talks with Taiwan, island drills military 5. Americans are paying for slogans on bombs aimed at Russians 6. Deter China […]

  • Palestinian Rights Groups Raided by Israeli Soldiers
    by Raja Abdulrahim on August 18, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    The offices of seven groups were shuttered, months after Israel designated six of them as terrorist organizations. The groups said the moves were meant to silence criticism.

  • An Alliance Division of Labor in East Asia
    by Takuya Matsuda on August 18, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Leaders in Washington understand that a strategy for the Indo-Pacific rooted in alliances is critical to meet the challenge presented by China. But such a strategy seems slow in coming together in East Asia. Why is this the case? Two years ago, we argued that the fundamental reason for the lack of security cooperation between The post An Alliance Division of Labor in East Asia appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • Generation Killed: The Challenges of Routinizing Global Jihad
    by Haroro J. Ingram on August 18, 2022 at 7:45 am

    In the past year, U.S. forces killed the top leaders of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in bold over-the-horizon raids: Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul earlier this month and Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim in Syria last February. In addition to their leadership roles, these men were also members of the founding generation of their respective The post Generation Killed: The Challenges of Routinizing Global Jihad appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • Is U.S. Support to Taiwan Substantive or Symbolic?
    by Zack Cooper on August 18, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Melanie and Zack are joined by the RAND Corporation’s Mike Mazarr for a discussion about Taiwan. They examine an article by Matt Turpin for the Aspen Institute and debate what is driving increased tensions, and why both the United States and China blame the other for changing the status quo. Melanie calls out onerous education The post Is U.S. Support to Taiwan Substantive or Symbolic? appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • 8/17/22 National Security and Korean News and Commentary
    by Dave Maxwell on August 18, 2022 at 5:05 am

    8/17/22 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE. Access Korean News HERE. National Security News Content: 1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, AUGUST 16 (Putin’s War) 2. Ukraine has telegraphed its big counteroffensive for months. So where is it? 3. Ukraine aiming to create chaos within Russian forces, Zelenskiy adviser says 4. Air Force Special Operations Command grounds CV-22 Osprey aircraft over safety concerns: report […]

  • Troubled Waters Around Taiwan
    by Zack Cooper on August 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit was met with fury and condemnation in Beijing, as well as new Chinese military exercises in the seas surrounding Taiwan. In the aftermath of the visit, Ryan invited three experts to talk about relations between the United States, Taiwan, and China. They discuss why the visit generated such a fierce reaction The post Troubled Waters Around Taiwan appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • Before Deploying More U.S. Forces to Europe, Consider the Consequences
    by Alexander Sorg on August 17, 2022 at 7:50 am

    In 1983, 1.3 million West Germans took to the streets in one of the largest protests the country has ever witnessed. Their goal was to impede the decision to deploy new intermediate-range nuclear forces to West Germany. Similar protests took place in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, where the missiles were planned The post Before Deploying More U.S. Forces to Europe, Consider the Consequences appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • Losing the High Ground: How the U.S. lost Moral Justification for the War in Afghanistan
    by Dave Maxwell on August 17, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Losing the High Ground: How the U.S. lost Moral Justification for the War in Afghanistan Dave Maxwell Wed, 08/17/2022 – 3:36am The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks, dismantle the Taliban government that provided the perpetrators with safe haven, and deny Afghanistan as a base of operations for future terrorist attacks. At the time, the war received widespread international support and was generally […]