The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004



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The death of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken and the wounding of two more U.S. troops in Somalia this month marked the first deadly engagement for American forces in the country since the Battle of Mogadishu of October 1993. The two events differ in notable respects, not least in their magnitude—the battle of October 3-4, 1993, resulted in 18 Americans killed and 79 wounded. But both operations reflect...
May 15, 2017 | Africa | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
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May 6, 2017 | James Kirchick
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May 4, 2017 | Ellen Bork
Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission, it is an honor to appear before you alongside leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Thank you for including me in today’s hearing.As we approach the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to mainland Chinese rule, a great deal has changed.Beijing has dropped the pretense of respect for Hong Kong’s autonomy and the “one country, two systems”...
At last September’s G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, Barack Obama put the fear of God into Vladimir Putin. Or at least he tried. Two months earlier, American intelligence officials informed the President they had “high confidence” it was Russian hackers who had broken into computer servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee and transmitted some 20,000 stolen emails to WikiLeaks, which...
By FPI Policy Intern Kelsey PattersonLast week, the Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing to examine U.S. assistance to Egypt, which has totaled more than $30 billion over the past 20 years. The hearing featured testimony from Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations, Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former Assistant Secretary of State...
On his first day in office, President Trump pledged to rebuild the U.S. military. Last month, he submitted a budget that would begin to reverse damaging cuts to the defense budget. However, during critical last-minute negotiations to avoid a government shutdown, the president has fallen mostly silent on defense. As a result, he has jeopardized the first installment of funding necessary to begin...
April 28, 2017 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
As the North Korean Army slashed its way down the Korean Peninsula in 1950, 15-man units inflitrated South Korean lines to ambush convoys and demolish bridges. America sought to respond in kind, forming Ranger units with skills like low-altitude parachuting and sabotage. Americans fell in love with these elite warriors. One reporter wrote that each Ranger “is a one-man gang who can sneak up to an...
April 24, 2017 | Defense | War On Terror | Mark Moyar

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