Shawn Snow, Military Times

Shawn Snow

Military Times

Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Shawn:

As peace deal looms, Taliban tells fighters to avoid enemy areas, calls for self-defense

“All Mujahideen must adhere to their given duties for the upcoming seven days, must remain defensively alert in case of violation by the opposition and must strictly refrain from entering enemy territory. → Read More

As peace deal looms, Taliban tells fighters to avoid enemy areas, calls for self-defense

“All Mujahideen must adhere to their given duties for the upcoming seven days, must remain defensively alert in case of violation by the opposition and must strictly refrain from entering enemy territory. → Read More

Record breaking US airstrikes pushing al-Shabab fighters into urban areas

The U.S. kicked off 2020 with a bang in Somalia launching nearly 14 airstrikes since the start of the new year putting the U.S. on pace for another record breaking year for airstrikes against militants in the country → Read More

CENTCOM reviewing road clash incident between U.S. and Russian forces in Syria

A video making rounds on social media appears to show a U.S. Oshkosh M-ATV force and nearly ram what looks to be a Russian police vehicle off the road. The Russian vehicle can be seen trying to aggressively push pass an American convoy. → Read More

As peace agreement looms, US opens 2020 with near record January bomb drops against Taliban

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters Thursday in Brussels that the U.S. and Taliban have negotiated a proposal to reduce violence over a seven day period and that “progress” has been made in the talks that have appeared to slog on with no end in sight. → Read More

After decades focused on terrorism, special operations is broadening its horizons

What is the future of special operations in the face of competition with China and Russia? → Read More

US military budget request for Afghanistan lowest in a decade

The Defense Department detailed that the OCO budget request for Afghanistan “assumes a drawdown of forces. → Read More

Report says multiple U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan firefight

“We are assessing the situation and will provide further updates as they become available.” → Read More

Afghan casualties and attrition are outpacing recruitment and retention

“Despite the high tempo of the conflict, neither pro-government forces nor anti-government elements achieved significant territorial gains during the reporting period. → Read More

US to loosen restrictions on landmine use

The White House said the new policy will afford combatant commanders the ability in “exceptional circumstances” to use “advanced, non-persistent landmines specifically designed to reduce unintended harm to civilians and partner forces.” → Read More

Esper says US military not withdrawing from AFRICOM

“But I had the opportunity to tell, again, to mention again that the U.S. support is critical to our operations and that its reduction would severely limit our effectiveness against terrorists.” → Read More

Esper says US military not withdrawing from AFRICOM

“But I had the opportunity to tell, again, to mention again that the U.S. support is critical to our operations and that its reduction would severely limit our effectiveness against terrorists.” → Read More

Afghanistan’s elite special operations unit to get CH-47 helicopters

The CH-47s will provide Afghan forces with a heavy lift helicopter and troop transport to ferry Afghan commandos and special operators on daring night time raids and counterterrorism missions. → Read More

Navy conducts year’s first FONOP in South China Sea

Sunday's target was Fiery Cross Reef, officials said. → Read More

US cuts number of Black Hawks to Afghanistan by two-thirds

Success of the Afghan Air Force will be a key metric for Pentagon planners seeking to draw down U.S. troops in the country. The U.S. is still bearing most of the burden of air support for Afghan troops. → Read More

Deployed 82nd Airborne unit told to use these encrypted messaging apps on government cellphones

“Unfortunately, those apps are more secure than texting in the clear, which is more or less the alternative. Granted, if a hostile party has access to the handset, that encryption isn’t particularly helpful.” → Read More

Marine Raiders led counterattack against al-Shabab militants at Manda Bay, Kenya

The Jan. 5 attack by al-Shabab on the base housing U.S. troops resulted in the death of one U.S. service member and two Department of Defense contractors. → Read More

Iran-backed militia calls for lone wolf attacks against US troops

The message said the “door of jihad” against American troops in Iraq was open and called for “all jihadists” in or outside of Iraq to carry out attacks against U.S. forces. → Read More

This is what it’s like to survive a deadly rocket attack in Iraq

“Second rocket, third rocket came I thought: “This is it, we are getting rocketed.” Lights went out and darkness set in as rockets continued to hail on us. → Read More

Rockets slam Baghdad’s Green Zone

The latest attack raises concerns of Iran-backed militias orchestrating attacks that could push the U.S. into a broader conflict with Iran — especially as tensions with Iran remain on edge following Tehran’s launch of 16 ballistic missiles targeting coalition troops housed at the al-Asad and Irbil Iraqi bases. → Read More