General Interest

12 December 2021 – Civilian Deaths Mounted as Secret Unit Pounded ISIS

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/12/us/civilian-deaths-war-isis.html?referringSource=articleShare A single top secret American strike cell launched tens of thousands of bombs and missiles against the Islamic State in Syria, but in the process of hammering a vicious enemy, the shadowy force sidestepped safeguards and repeatedly killed civilians, according to multiple current and former military and intelligence officials.

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3 December 2021 – GETTING COMPETITION WRONG: THE US MILITARY’S LOOMING FAILURE

https://mwi.usma.edu/getting-competition-wrong-the-us-militarys-looming-failure/ A new great game is underway. The United States’ unipolar moment is coming to a close. As a hegemon on borrowed time, we must compete to secure our interests. China offers an alternative vision of the future. Russia seeks a return to faded glories. Iran envisions a fundamentally different Middle…




30 August 2021 – Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-islamic-state-group-e10e038baea732dae879c11234507f81 WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday, ending America’s longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of more than 180 Afghans and 13…