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Memo to the president: Beware another Vietnam quagmire on the Tigris and Euphrates

An American soldier guides an unseen helicopter to a jungle clearing in a 1968 photo from Vietnam. / Art Greenspon / AP

Special to by Harlan Ullman For those of us old enough to recall the Vietnam War, fact and reality were obscured and mangled by successive White Houses anxious to reach the delusional “light at the end of the tunnel.” […]

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Rumsfeld on how to deal with ISIL threat, Valerie Jarrett and Vladimir Putin

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "The president has got two more years. It seems to me the only thing that could change it is not going to be the press. It's not going to be the Congress." / Chad J. McNeeley / Department of Defense.

Special to Greta Van Susteren, Feb. 17, FOX News: They are savages. And tonight, more news breaking. ISIS militants have reportedly burned to death 45 people in Iraq. The horrifying slaughter taking place in the western Iraqi town of […]

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The under-reported stealth war on Mideast Christians


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, […]

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Are raging hormones ISIL’s latest weapon?

Three UK Schoolgirls Feared To Be Traveling To Syria

Special to by Harlan Ullman Last week’s highly publicized White House summit on countering violent extremism provoked greatest criticism on two points. First, President Barack Obama was roundly attacked for not using any variant of the words Islam or […]

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Poor, disenfranchised terrorists like son-of-a-billionaire Bin Laden? Please, Mr. President

Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection in Palo Alto, California

Special to By Fred Fleitz Did President Obama really say at the “countering violent extremism summit” yesterday and in his recent LA Times op-ed that jihadist terrorist groups are winning recruits by exploiting economic, political and historic grievances that […]

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320 U.S. Marines, contractors face ‘threat’ as ISIL again approaches air base in Anbar

Training at the 320 U.S. Marines, contractors face 'threat' at the Assad Air Base in Anbar last November. / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has approached a U.S. Marine Corp training base in Iraq. Officials acknowledged that ISIL fighters were advancing toward the Assad air base in the Iraqi province of Anbar, Middle […]

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DIA list of Iraq gloom: ISIL recruiting experienced fighters, mismatched weapon systems, . . .

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Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has warned against rapid development of Iraq’s military and security forces. The Defense Intelligence Agency assessed that the collapse of the Iraq Army and security forces would take years to overcome, […]

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ISIL redeploys fighters from Aleppo to battle Kurds near Turkey

Islamic Front fighters north of Aleppo, Syria. / Reuters

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been redeploying fighters for the war in northern Syria. Opposition sources said ISIL has withdrawn hundreds of fighters from strongholds to battle Kurdish militias along the Syrian border […]

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Iran-backed Hizbullah shows off U.S. Abrams tank on YouTube

Image from the video of the American-made M1 Abrams in a Hizbullah convoy. / LongWarJournal

Special to WASHINGTON — Iran’s leading proxy is promoting it acquisition of a U.S.-origin main battle tank. A Hizbullah video showed a 60-vehicle convoy in Iraq with the M1A1 main battle tank, Long War Journal reported. The video, posted […]

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U.S. details major military assistance to Kurdish forces

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has disclosed military assistance to the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq. The State Department said the U.S. military has airlifted thousands of weapons, mortars and other munitions to KRG forces, called […]

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