Ukrainian servicemen walk past a minefield warning sign on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images Over the past few months, Russia has amassed tens of thousands of soldiers, along with tanks, artillery and other materiel near its border with Ukraine in what U.S. intelligence (and much of the world) has interpreted as a buildup in preparation for an invasion. At the same time, online propaganda and disinformation activity has increased , as have cyberattacks on Ukrainian targets, including one that took down several government websites on Friday. It is no coincidence that these ominous activities look strikingly similar to the leadup to Russia’s 2014 invasion of its weaker neighbor, in which it annexed Crimea and launched the still-ongoing insurgency by Moscow-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Indeed, if Russia does send troops into Ukraine in the … [Read more...] about Is Another Russian Invasion of Ukraine Inevitable?
KABUL, Afghanistan — Months before President Joe Biden announced the United States' complete withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, Washington’s watchdog warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without critical American aid , training and maintenance. The report was declassified Tuesday. The report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, submitted to the Department of Defense in January 2021, underscores that American authorities had been alerted that Afghanistan’s air force did not have the capabilities to survive after a U.S. withdrawal. In particular, the report points to U.S. failure to train Afghan support staff, leaving the air force unable to maintain its aircraft without American contractors. U.S. air support to government forces was key in the 20-year-war against Taliban insurgents. Its removal — along with the inability of the Afghan air force to fill the void — was one factor that contributed to the Taliban’s … [Read more...] about Before pullout, U.S. government watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse
A military watchdog warned the U.S. Department of Defense that pulling out of Afghanistan would decimate the local domestic air force – a full seven months before Joe Biden ordered the exit. In January 2021, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), warned that Afghanistan’s Air force would no longer function if the U.S. pulled out of the nation, AP reports . Sopko’s report has just been declassified – five months after the Taliban take over – declaring the U.S. had not trained the Afghani Air force on how to maintain their aircraft leaving them dependent on American military contractors. The report stated this was a factor in allowing the Taliban to seize control of the nation in just 11 days . The inspector general’s office informed AP on Monday the 17th of January 2022 that it is unusual for reports to remain classified by the Pentagon for more than two months, and they are unaware as to why the Department of Defense had not … [Read more...] about Warning of Afghan Air Force Collapse Issued Months Before U.S. Pullout