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300 die in Somali terror attack; US allies exchange fire in northern Iraq; Europe denounces Trump’s Iran moves; Pyongyang’s cyber corps; and just a bit more…

October 16, 2017 One of the world’s worst attacks in years happened Saturday in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reuters describes it as “the deadliest since Islamist militant group al Shabaab began an insurgency in 2007,” and USA Today calls it “the deadliest attack in Somalia's history and one of the worst in the world” since...

US troops join Afghan battalions; Trump rolling out new Iran strategy; NATO’s 2% benchmark is about 98% misleading; Only 1 in 10 Puerto Ricans has electricity; and just a bit more...

October 13, 2017 CENTCOM’s Gen. Joseph Votel says American troops are newly working at the battalion level in the Afghan military — one of the changes to the Trump administration’s own approach toward the longest war in U.S. history, which includes adding a 3,800 service members to the 11,000 or so still in...

US woman, family freed from Taliban; L3 CEO blasts budget gridlock; Army recruiting braces for tough year; Very deadly IED reappears in Iraq; and just a bit more...

October 12, 2017 Pakistani soldiers have rescued “a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from ‘terrorist custody’ following a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies,” Reuters reports off a statement from Islamabad’s army this morning in what would appear to be a story with lots of details yet to emerge. Rescued:...

Here’s What Concerns the General in Charge of Recruiting America’s Future Army

October 12, 2017 America's Army recruiters managed a historic feat in the fiscal year that just ended: finding an extra 6,000 troops to add after the order came down in January. But 2018 will be even tougher for Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow and the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command. The service...

N. Korea takes aim at U.S. power grid; New China-Sea FONOP; Ukraine preps armed ground robots for battle; Afghanistan air war returns to 2010 intensity; and just a bit more...

October 11, 2017 North Korean hackers targeted U.S. electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity firm FireEye, NBC News reported Tuesday. They used emails with “fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims.” So far, it appears the attacks were unsuccessful. Read on, here. BTW: The South Korean military “has not yet identified nearly...

US Army prepares for the wars of 2025-40; Turkish forces get Russian air support in Syria; ISIS fighters surrendering en masse — to Kurds; Marvel-Northrop comic bombs; and just a bit more...

October 9, 2017 The Army goes rolling along into DC. The annual conference for the Association of the U.S. Army, or AUSA, begins today in Washington and runs through Wednesday. Defense Secretary James Mattis tops the list of VIPs, keynoting the opening ceremony about a half hour ago. Speaking later today: the Army’s...

Report: Trump will try to exit Iran deal; Russian hackers stole even more NSA tools; Ukrainian army grows under US tutelage; Senators: Get lasers to the battlefield; and just a bit more...

October 6, 2017 Will Trump try to exit the Iran deal, as he’s promised for months? The Washington Post thinks so, saying that he will soon declare it “not in the national interest.” (The Post report cites “people briefed on the White House strategy.”) Such a development would be unsurprising; but it would...

In Ukraine, the US Trains an Army in the West to Fight in the East

October 5, 2017 For more than two years, the U.S. military’s contingent of 300 or so soldiers have been quietly helping train an enormous allied military in western Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian-backed separatists appear to be keeping pace some 800 miles to the east, showcasing entire parking lots full of new tanks and artillery...

US troops killed in Niger; Last ISIS stronghold in N. Iraq falls; Report: Russian strike killed dozens of civilians; Why tac nukes are still a thing; and just a bit more...

October 5, 2017 Three U.S. Green Berets were killed in Niger on Wednesday and two more were injured, AFRICOM announced last night. Their “joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” according to AFRICOM spox Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo. A “partner nation member” was also killed in the attack....

Mattis unveils (some) Afghanistan strategy details; USNS Comfort joins 10K troops in Puerto Rico; Russians hack US soldiers’ cellphones; Marine vet stole truck to help Las Vegas injured; And just a bit more...

October 4, 2017 Sixteen years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has a new strategy it says will help bring the conflict to an end. “A large part of it: Intensifying the U.S.- and NATO-led air campaign in order to drive the Taliban to the negotiating table,” Defense One’s Caroline Houck reports...