India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda
Oct18

India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda

Militants of the Islamic State group and al Qaeda could carry out joint attacks in India, the director general of the country’s National Security Guard, or NSG, said on Thursday, according to media reports. The statement by the head of the country’s counterterrorism force comes just over a month after al Qaeda announced the creation...

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Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS
Oct18

Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS

Peter Van Buren explains the hole in Obama’s ISIS strategy in The American Conservative. There is no path by which America can succeed in its goals in Iraq—repel ISIS and keep the country together—without the active participation of the Sunnis. It is very unlikely that will happen.   Obama’s strategy rests on the assumption that the Sunnis can be bribed and coerced into breaking with ISIS, no matter the state of things in...

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UN Human Rights agency in crisis
Oct16

UN Human Rights agency in crisis

Human rights violations are increasing around the world but the United Nations agency responsible for protecting helpless people is in crisis. “By comparison with the needs, our capacity to deliver is paper thin,” its chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein lamented today. His agency is “being asked to use a boat and a bucket to cope with a flood,” he said. Global unease about proliferating human rights crises is palpable and the agency is...

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Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority
Oct15

Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority

As fear sweeps the nation about the prospect of Islamic State terrorists winning in Iraq and the Ebola virus spreading in the United States, President Obama’s job approval rating is taking a beating and some Democrats’ hopes for keeping the Senate majority are losing ground. Sen. Kay R. Hagan of North Carolina, who entered the race… graphic via...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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No shock and no awe
Oct14

No shock and no awe

WASHINGTON — It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing. U.S.-led air power has barely been able to keep the jihadist militants from capturing the Syrian town of Kobane, near the Turkish border — and the besieged city may yet fall. Far to the southeast, Islamic State fighters have come within a few miles of Baghdad and threaten to consolidate...

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Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up
Oct14

Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up

As the manhunt for state trooper killer Eric Frein lurches toward its sixth week, the Pennsylvania State Police are on the defensive because of the latest scandal to tarnish the long troubled agency, while a law-enforcement insider says the search itself is in disarray. The insider, who has many years of experience in tracking and surveilling criminal suspects, asked that his name not be used. He acknowledges that any search the size...

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The Sun Also Rises in Iraq
Oct13

The Sun Also Rises in Iraq

I find the photo above, of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot scanning over central Iraq as the sun rises and his crew returns to base, to be a poignant reminder that our troops in, around and over Iraq are risking their lives not only to combat the ISIL terrorists but also to render desperately needed humanitarian aid to the innocent victims of this murderous group. This C-130 is returning “home” after conducting a resupply...

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If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?
Oct12

If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?

WASHINGTON — It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month. But the symbolism of US-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early… If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse...

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Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’
Oct12

Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’

As the U.S. continues to launch airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, on the frontier with NATO member Turkey, ISIL continues to make advances and threatens to overrun and capture the entire town — two days ago they controlled almost half the town. The fall of Kobani would not only be a disaster to Kurds in and around the town and to Kurdish autonomy in the region, but would also be a blow...

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Cartoon: Stop ISIS
Oct12

Cartoon: Stop ISIS

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Waiting For A ‘Massacre’ In Kobani
Oct11

Waiting For A ‘Massacre’ In Kobani

If ISIS takes control of Kobani, at least 500 civilians trapped in the Syrian town on the Turkish border “will be most likely massacred,” the U.N.’s envoy to Syria warned on Friday. The remarks by Staffan de Mistura in Geneva came as a monitoring group estimated that Islamic State fighters control at least 40 percent...

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Cartoon: ISIS selfie
Oct08

Cartoon: ISIS selfie

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Battle of Kobani turns into street-to-street combat as Kurds desperately try to stop an ISIS massacre
Oct08

Battle of Kobani turns into street-to-street combat as Kurds desperately try to stop an ISIS massacre

MURSITPINAR, Turkey – The desperate fight to prevent Kobani becoming the latest ISIS stronghold began before daybreak. It was 4 a.m. Tuesday when the first American air strike targeted jihadist positions encircling the strategically vital northern Syrian border town, which has been under an intensifying siege for more than a fortnight. Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated...

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Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged
Oct06

Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged

How uttery silly and impulse-control-challenged has our political discussion gotten? This silly and impulse-control-challenged : former Bill Clinton and Al Gore political consultant and author Naomi Wolf has suggested the ISIS beheading videos might have been staged. Which shows you that the afflication that causes some to suggest Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or 9/11 was a government or Israeli operation, or that Hillary Clinton...

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US airstrikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida
Oct05

US airstrikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida

IRBIL, Iraq — A former French intelligence officer who defected to al-Qaida was among the targets of the first wave of U.S. airstrikes in Syria last month, according to people familiar with the defector’s movements and identity. Two European intelligence officials described the former French officer as the highest-ranking defector ever to go over to the… US airstrikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida...

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Video purports to show another Islamic State beheading
Oct05

Video purports to show another Islamic State beheading

The terrorist group known as the Islamic State released a video Friday purporting to show the beheading of Briton Alan Henning – the fourth such beheading over the past six weeks. In the video, which has not yet been confirmed by U.S. or British officials, an Islamic State fighter blames U.S.-led airstrikes against terrorist targets in… Video purports to show another Islamic State...

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Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Oct05

Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How should the world react to America’s return to the role as world’s top cop? For Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, columnist Nicolas Richter writes that misgivings over NSA mass surveillance and past military adventures notwithstanding, the world is breathing a sigh of relief to see the United States return to the role of maintaining a ‘basic level’ of global order, particularly with a multilateralist in...

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(UPDATED) The Poconos Take Yet Another Hit As State Police Botch Manhunt For Cop Killer Frein & Outrage Hunters
Oct02

(UPDATED) The Poconos Take Yet Another Hit As State Police Botch Manhunt For Cop Killer Frein & Outrage Hunters

If there was any question that the Pennsylvania State Police-led manhunt for cop killer Eric Frein was in big trouble — indeed, that the trail for the marksman-survivalist in the northeastern Pennsylvania woodlands may have gone cold — a photograph on the front page of the Pocono Record on Monday, the 17th day of the search, betrayed a harsh truth. And now, to make a bad situation worse as the manhunt drags on and state...

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