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Tunisia to get 12 U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in counter-terror deal

UH-60 Black Hawk

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a Tunisian request for U.S. military helicopters. Under the request, expected to be approved by Congress, Tunisia would receive 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in a sale […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Major rally against ‘Obama’s tyranny’ rocks liberal Massachusetts

Anti-illegal immigration rally in Boston on July 26.  /Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Special to By Grace Vuoto On a sweltering Saturday in July, approximately ten thousand protesters gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts state legislature and beyond in order to send a message to Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack […]

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Gen. Odierno: Politicized chain of command led to Iraq Army’s collapse

U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno

Special to WASHINGTON — Iraq’s military has lost confidence in its command. A leading U.S. commander said the Iraq Army collapsed because of a loss of loyalty and confidence. U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno said the politicization of […]

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ISIL morphs into ‘full-blown army’: U.S. intel claims ‘we did see this coming’

Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on July 23.  / Starr

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has revised its assessment and now regards Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as a military force. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that ISIL was transformed from what […]

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ISIL gains in Iraq are forcing the issue: Is U.S.-Iran cooperation inevitable?


Special to By Fariborz Saremi The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) extraordinary gains in much of Iraq have upset the geopolitical apple cart in the region. It has called into question both the value of the […]

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Outgoing Marine commandant on Iraq: ‘It breaks your heart’ and ‘they’re not done with us’

Gen. James Amos

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has seen nearly a decade of work in Iraq go down the drain. A leading U.S. military commander has asserted that the collapse of Iraq by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Iraq’s ambassador makes case for ‘precision U.S. air attacks’ as ISIL threatens oil, Jordan

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily

Special to WASHINGTON — Iraq has appealed to the United States for air strikes on Al Qaida. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States has urged the administration of President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military intervention. Iraqi ambassador Lukman […]

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Bipartisan doubts: Obama provided no intelligence briefings on aid to Syrian rebels

Sen. Susan Collins.  /Pete Marovich/

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has expressed skepticism over a U.S. decision to relay $500 million in military aid to Syrian rebels. Leading members of the House and Senate are warning President Barack Obama of a blowback in the […]

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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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