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Attack begins on ISIS’s last bastion in Iraq; White House plans new cybersecurity strategy; Drone strikes may expand to Niger; SecDef, CJSC, PACOM in Seoul today; and just a bit more...

October 26, 2017 Iraqi forces are attacking the last bastion of ISIS fighters in Iraq, the U.S. military announced this morning — in a bit of welcome news amid the ongoing crisis in Kurdistan. The location: the regions around al-Qaim and Rawa, which border Syria to the west, and are often referred to...

3 carriers in the Pacific; US warship tests truck-mounted artillery; 82% of Puerto Ricans still lack power; How the Soviets hunted subs without sonar; and just a bit more...

October 25, 2017 Message to North Korea: “Aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier on Tuesday, the chiefs of the South Korean military and the American troops stationed in South Korea reaffirmed combined combat readiness, sending a strong warning against North Korea's potential provocations,” South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported Tuesday from Seoul. The setting:...

Dunford has questions about Niger deaths; Tillerson jets to Iraq, Afghanistan; USAF sets first F-35 deployment to Japan; ISIS’ foreign fighters head home; and just a bit more...

October 24, 2017 Gen. Joseph Dunford’s 60 minutes of transparency Monday regarding what the Pentagon knows about the Niger attack on October 4 reminded us it’s okay to say “I don’t know” when difficult questions can’t yet be answered — even if he said it 19 times during the course of Monday’s press...

B-52 base preps for round-the-clock alert; US-backed Syrians win race to Deir ez-Zor; Extremist attacks killed almost 200 this weekend; Details emerge about Niger incident; and just a bit more...

October 23, 2017 Exclusive: U.S. Air Force tells its bomber force to get ready for 24-hour ready-to-fly status. At Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, they’re rehabbing runwayside ready rooms unused since 1991, reports Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air...

US sends investigators to Niger; Raqqa, liberated; CIA corrects director’s election statement; Watch drone video of border-wall prototypes; and just a bit more...

October 20, 2017 The Pentagon and the FBI are sending investigators to Niger after this week’s ugly uproar that played out initially over what Americans were doing there — and which became another debate altogether over Gold Star families. NBC News: “Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent a team to the African nation to...

Turkish troops are fighting Kurds in Iraq; ISIS media ops wither; Here’s how GMD-vs.-ICBM might go; China is quietly reshaping the world; and just a bit more...

October 19, 2017 Turkish “commando units” are officially operating inside Iraq for the first time in almost a decade, Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News reports this morning. The troops “entered the Zap region of Iraq after crossing from the Çukurca district of the southeastern province of Hakkari.” The target: PKK militants, 21 of whom...

Military mishaps are declining, despite rough summer; How 4 Green Berets took out Kony’s army; Doing donuts in Raqqa; China’s Xi crows about ‘new era’; and just a bit more….

October 18, 2017 Despite the U.S. military’s rough summer, major mishaps are declining. Roll Call’s John Donnelly adds it up: “Deaths from major noncombat accidents for forces on duty did not increase but have in fact plummeted since 9/11, a Roll Call analysis shows. Eleven of the past 15 years were deadlier than...

Raqqa falls; Baghdad takes Kirkuk from Kurds; US attacks ISIS in Yemen; Puerto Rican baby born on Navy ship; and just a bit more...

October 17, 2017 ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa, Syria, Reuters reports from the city once called the terrorist group’s de facto HQs. Though a formal announcement hasn’t been made, it will be soon, “once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells,” said Brig. Gen. Talal...

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...