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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: Afghan National Army forces are not ready to rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016, according to reports from U.S. Green Berets. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Green Berets reveal Afghan National Army soldiers' incompetence

Elite Army Green Berets are knocking the performance of the Afghan National Army, telling war tales of its soldiers hiding and quitting the fight. The Green Beret criticisms, contained in a U.S. Central Command "friendly fire" investigative file, provide a window into the flaws of a national army more than a decade in the making. Published October 26, 2014

Marine Corp Commandant Gen. James Amos salutes during a Dignified Transfer for the remains of three Marines, Monday, June 23, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Marines died June 20, Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H., and Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Semper Lie: Marine Corps Commandant James Amos padded resume

The Marine Corps is acknowledging that the retiring commandant, Gen. James Amos, did not attend the Corps' officers training school, though he told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a signed resume that he had graduated in 1972. Published October 14, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at a new conference at the Tolemaida military base in Melgar, Colombia, Oct. 10, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hagel: Climate change will put strain on U.S. military

The Pentagon on Monday released an alarming new war plan to combat climate change, saying it will "likely lead" to food and water shortages, pandemic disease and overall destruction. Published October 14, 2014

The Turkish military is fortifying its border as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State group in Kobani, which has been under attack for weeks. (Associated Press)

Islamic State withstands bombing campaign, plots Baghdad invasion

The Islamic State holds just about the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. began a bombing campaign to whittle down the terrorist army and support Iraqi ground troops trying to retake territory. Published October 5, 2014

U.S. military limits warplanes used for Islamic State bombings

The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region for its air war against the Islamic State, as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces that happened in previous campaigns. Published September 28, 2014

ready, aim, fire: Hours before an American-led military coalition pounded Islamic State strongholds in Syria, the Obama administration informed President Bashar Assad of its plans. (U.S. Navy via Associated Press)

NSA intercepts key to locating, bombing new al Qaeda group in Syria

The U.S. ability to pinpoint with airstrikes the operational hubs of the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group in Syria and penetrate one of its bombing plots shows the importance of the much-maligned National Security Agency, defense analysts said Tuesday. Published September 23, 2014

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

CENTCOM leader sought ground troops in Iraq

The top U.S. commander for the war against the Islamic State wanted to insert air controllers on the ground in Iraq to help warplanes locate targets, but he was discouraged by higher-ups. Published September 16, 2014