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Don't blame the fall guy

Recent events have not cast a flattering light on President Barack Obama's approach to military and security matters. The rise of the Islamic State has forced him to reverse his withdrawal from Iraq. Vladimir Putin has seized Crimea from neighboring Ukraine and may not stop there.

Iraq army, allies reclaim towns from Islamic State

3 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Iraqi and allied forces have wrested control of two towns in the eastern province of Diyala from the militant group Islamic State, Iraqi officials said Monday.

Psychiatrist initially thinks his wife would not be wise to donate her body to science

5 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

As a psychiatrist, I don’t often deal directly with death. For the past five years, though, I have been treating men and women returning from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Listening to them talk about their war experiences, I’ve spent some time thinking about death and dying. Read full article >>

Chuck Hagel: A good man who never quite got on top of his job

6 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

It's tempting to look at Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, apparently under pressure from the White House, as reflecting a struggle over war strategy in Iraq and Syria: Was Hagel axed because he wanted more aid to the Iraqi army or more help for Syrian rebels than the White...

How Western ‘foreign fighters’ are being recruited online to join Kurds against Islamic State

6 hours agoNews : BlogPost

At this point in Syria's conflict, a British accent in Syria or Iraq may not seem like a huge surprise: It's been estimated that about 500  British citizens are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Some, such as "Jihadi John," have become the subject of a grim media fascination. Read full article >>

ISIS On The Backfoot? Iraqi Troops Regain Control Of Two Towns In Eastern Iraq From Islamic State

Iraqi forces, with the aid of Shiite fighters and Kurdish troops have managed to recapture two towns from the control of Islamic State (ISIS) militants, reports Yahoo News. According to Iraqi military officials, they have managed toShow More Summary

'Madam Secretary' News: Episode 10 'Collateral Damage' Recap, Episode 11 Plot Revealed

On the Nov. 23 episode of "Madam Secretary," the State Department goes on lockdown due to a gunman outside the building, and Elizabeth ends up being confined with the delegation from Iraq, which includes a translator who threatens to divulge information about what she's done while she was still with the CIA.

Malarkey on the Potomac

8 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch Unlike my friend M, the well-informed and normally sober Washington Post columnist David Ignatius clings to the fantasy that “Iraq” is or ought to be politically viable, militarily capable, and socially cohesive. But surely this qualifies as wishful thinking.

Rand Paul calls for declaration of war against Islamic State jihadists

9 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday. In an interview on Saturday, Paul said his proposal would limit the...

Iraq Is So Corrupt That Government Weapons Are Reportedly Ending Up In ISIS Hands

Entrenched corruption in the Iraqi military and police forces is undermining the fight against ISIS, The New York Times reports. The US is seeking to empower Iraqi forces and Sunni tribes by funneling more than $1 billion in supplies and weapons through the government in Baghdad. Show More Summary

Malarkey on the Potomac

5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. Show More Summary

ISIS Child Training Camps Brainwash Kids To Genocide: ‘We Are Going To Kill You O Infidel’

ISIS, also known as ISIL and The Islamic State, are a dab hand when it comes to manipulating social media and using it to recruit would-be Jihadist fighters to join their ranks in Syria and Iraq. ISIS are also very good at producingShow More Summary

Jihadi Attack on UK 'Inevitable' Says Home Secretary

Theresa May will today warn that a Jihadi attack on the UK is "inevitable" as fanatics who have been "militarised" by Islamic State return from Iraq and Syria. According to the Daily Mail, the attacks could range from a "lone wolf" beheading in a crowded shopping centre to a fertiliser bomb. Show More Summary

Put This One to Rest

Bush was telling the truth? Yeah, seems like it: The United States recovered thousands of old chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation, according to a written summary...Show More Summary

Top Five Washington Assumptions on Mideast that Are not True

By Andrew J. Bacevich “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of…

U.S. $24.1 Million Arming Sunny Muslim Tribesmen In Iraq

Looking to help stave off advances by the Islamic State group in Iraq, the U.S. plans to begin buying $24.1 million worth of arms for Sunni Muslim tribesman. The weapons would include AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, according to a Defense Department document sent to Congress cited by Reuters. Overall, the Pentagon requested $1.6 [...]

NOW THEY TELL US: Thousands of Iraq Chemical Weapons Destroyed in Open Air, Watchdog Says. “The Un…

NOW THEY TELL US: Thousands of Iraq Chemical Weapons Destroyed in Open Air, Watchdog Says. “The United States recovered thousands of old chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation, according to a written summary of its activities prepared by the Organization for […]

Jesus Amidst The Ruins

Alice Su has spent six weeks reporting from Iraq, where, as she puts it, “faith seems saturated in hatred and blood.” In an essay about coming to terms with what it means to believe in God in the face of the devastation and suffering she’s witnessed, Su re-reads the gospels’ accounts of the life and […]

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Daydream Believers

yesterdayNews : TomDispatch

Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious...

Out of Africa

I have been criticised for drawing attention to the effort mounted in Iraq and Syria to counter ISIS and its call on the lives of our soldiers. My critics drew my attention to the knife wielding terrorist in Sydney as justification and also the large number of Australian citizens fighting with IS. There were [...]

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