Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or  ISIS imprinting?
Sep28

Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or ISIS imprinting?

The news from Oklahoma that a man went haywire in his place of work and beheaded a co-worker, and seemed ready to take out as many people as he could in a style now made popular in the snuff videos posted online by ISIS has — what else? — led to a new controversy and speculation being presented as near fact. Was this an example of a mentally loose cannon who absorbed too much of what was on the news and Internet, or the...

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Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan Growing
Sep28

Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan Growing

About three months before most U.S. and U.K. troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan, the future of the Central Asian country looks increasingly uncertain. Taliban fighters seized control of a strategic district in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Friday, Al-Jazeera reported. Their military victory comes at a time when political instability in Kabul… Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan...

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Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola
Sep28

Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola

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ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…
Sep27

ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft prepare to depart RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, armed with Paveway IV laser guided bombs, in support of OP SHADER on the 27th of September 2014. Photo British MOD. CODA 1: Our newest partner in the battle against ISIL terrorists has just confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have conducted armed reconnaissance operations over areas of Iraq. The British Ministry of Defense: Royal Air Force Tornado GR4...

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Cartoon: ISIS Pig
Sep27

Cartoon: ISIS Pig

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Women Fighting the Islamic State
Sep26

Women Fighting the Islamic State

The history of women serving in armed conflicts probably goes back hundreds of years — if not longer. In the United States, during the American Revolution, women served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, laundresses and saboteurs. Ever since then, their roles in the military have continued to expand in numbers, skills and responsibilities. But, it would still be more than 150 years — World War II — before...

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After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue
Sep25

After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue

After yesterday’s strikes on oil refineries in eastern Syria controlled by ISIL terrorists, initial assessments are that the strikes were successful in rendering all 12 of the targeted modular refineries inoperable, according to Pentagon Spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Six U.S. jets, joined by 10 fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, participated in the strikes. See the lead graphic by DOD. The...

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Cartoon: Deadly Outbreaks
Sep25

Cartoon: Deadly Outbreaks

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New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries
Sep24

New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries

The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) reports that U.S. and allied Arab countries aircraft attacked ISIL in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries in remote areas of eastern Syria near Mayadin, Hasakah, and Abu Kamal. The attacks are part of an effort to deprive ISIL of one of its major sources of revenue. Centcom describes the...

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French Tourist ‘Beheaded’ by ISIS-Linked Group in Algeria
Sep24

French Tourist ‘Beheaded’ by ISIS-Linked Group in Algeria

Jihadists affiliated with Islamic State have released a video showing the beheading of French hostage Herve Gourdel, after giving a 24-hour deadline to Paris to cancel planned air strikes against ISIS, according to French media sources. Mr Gourdel, 55, an experienced mountain guide from Nice, France, was abducted on Sunday while hiking in Algeria, by members… French Tourist ‘Beheaded’ by ISIS-Linked Group in...

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Cartoon: 21 Virgins
Sep24

Cartoon: 21 Virgins

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(Updated) Successful Syrian Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’
Sep23

(Updated) Successful Syrian Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’

Update: Video of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke launching Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets in Syria from the Red Sea. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II) Warning: Turn volume down. Original Post: Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff, during a press briefing at the Pentagon today, described the airstrikes...

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American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda (Guest Voice)
Sep23

American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda (Guest Voice)

I have borne witness to an execution — not that I wanted to, but because the condemned man whom I had gotten to know over a 10-year period asked me to be there. Henry Martinez Porter of San Antonio, who was found guilty of killing a Fort Worth police officer, didn’t want any of his...

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Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria
Sep22

Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria

Update” Reuters reports: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation, a defense official said. A diplomatic source identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. . Another U.S. official said the Arab nations will be dropping bombs, not just providing support. Up to 20 locations have been targeted in the operation, many of the sites in Raqqa, the official said....

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Obama may have to send troops
Sep22

Obama may have to send troops

WASHINGTON — President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was jarringly candid Tuesday when he told the Senate Armed...

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What Will U.S. Forces Do With ISIS Prisoners?
Sep20

What Will U.S. Forces Do With ISIS Prisoners?

Washington’s ramped up war on the Islamic State looks like an airliner lifting off the runway with mechanics still working on the wings. Among the many unresolved issues in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, as it’s generally known, is what to do with prisoners in Iraq or Syria, should American special operators or...

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Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?
Sep19

Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Does the “civilized” world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS? To be sure, the U.S. has launched air strikes on ISIS targets over Iraq, Congress and President Barack Obama finally seem in gear, and there are ongoing efforts to put together a coalition involving NATO and countries such as Saudi Arabia to combat the world’s leading producer of snuff videos. French...

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Cartoon: ISIS Magazine
Sep19

Cartoon: ISIS Magazine

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US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey
Sep16

US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey

The US military’s top officer on Tuesday raised the possibility that American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi forces could eventually be sent on combat missions against Islamic State extremists. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL (IS group) targets,...

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Realism About ISIS
Sep16

Realism About ISIS

Kevin Drum suggests that poll data may show surprising realism among respondents about the threat posed by ISIS on Mother Jones. Hawkish Republicans have been running around for the past month insisting that ISIS terrorists are a direct threat to the United States, and therefore we have to fight them in Iraq so they don’t come over here and start killing helpless women and small children en masse.   But apparently hardly...

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