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The Defense Post Digest #1

A collection of The Defense Post’s recent favorites from around the site and around the web.

In the past week week we looked at Russian private military contractors and U.S. partners in Syria, Egypt’s new offensive in Sinai, civilian deaths in Afghanistan, and the latest S-400 deals.

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Russian private military contractors Syria

An experimental playground: The footprint of Russian private military companies in Syria

The footprint of Russian private military contractors in Syria is significant and has demonstrated the capacity of the Kremlin to apply military pressure abroad without officially deploying regular troops. Ruslan Trad and Dr. Kiril Avramov investigate.


US military vehicles near Manbij, Syria

The Manbij Conundrum

Nicholas Heras argues the collapse, or eviction by military force, of the Syrian Democratic Forces from Manbij would have dire consequences for the stability of the SDF, and by extension, the entire US mission to build stability in the wake of the Islamic State in Syria.


War & conflict

No official reports of civilian casualties in Kandahar raid, NATO Afghanistan mission says

Turkey says forces aiding YPG are ‘legitimate targets’ after pro-regime militias enter Efrin


Business & technology news

Russia and Saudi Arabia discuss transfer of technology in S-400 missile defense system deal


Book Review: Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

The book “Losing an Enemy” by Trita Parsi provides a definitive historical narrative to the JCPOA and an understanding of what is at stake in the struggle for the agreement’s survival.


Bears Ears monument

Trump’s nuclear posture destabilizes, while disrespecting legacies of environmental injustice

Trump’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review is destabilizing and affects native and other American communities that were environmentally damaged for uranium production, argues Stephanie A. Malin


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