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U.S. intel official: ISIL determined to attack on U.S. soil this year

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats.  /AP/Evan Vucci

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is likely to attempt “direct attacks on the U.S. homeland” this year, top intelligence officials told Congress on Feb. 9. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in testimony at the […]

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Dunford: U.S., France planning ‘decisive military action’ in Libya

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France’s defense staff to discuss […]

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Judge challenges U.S. move to drop charges in prisoner deal with Iran

Passengers leave a plane carrying three Iranian-Americans leaving Teheran under a prisoner swap after it landed in Geneva, Switzerland Jan. 17. / Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A U.S. judge is challenging the government’s move to drop charges against an Iranian man accused of sanctions violations as part of a U.S. prisoner swap agreement with Iran last month. […]

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Kerry appears ill at ease in Riyadh where he sought to assure Gulf allies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Jan. 23.  /AP

Special to In a visit intended to reassure America’s ally Saudi Arabia over Iran’s continued “interference” in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry instead appeared uneasy and defensive, reports said. Kerry met in Riyadh on Jan. […]

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Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Gates 2011

Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) […]

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U.S. admits losing propaganda war to ISIL ‘fanboys’

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.  /Reuters

Special to The United States says it “ought to do better” to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) Internet propaganda machine. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, speaking at Ecole Militaire military college in Paris on Jan. 21, […]

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A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un […]

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Stalinist Cuba, mass graves, and a U.S. president’s legacy

Fidel Castro remained in power continuously until 2006, when his brother Raul succeeded him.

Special to By Frank Calzon On Jan. 8, 1959, as Fidel Castro entered Havana in triumph and the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba, Raul Castro opened up a mass grave in Santiago and immediately executed seventy one Cubans without […]

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Migration of ISIL jihadists: Out of Syria . . . and into Libya

A convoy of ISIL militants in the Libyan town of Harawah on Dec. 6, reportedly headed toward oil fields in the area.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs January 2016 saw an acceleration of the movement of Daesh (asad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) — so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) — fighters out of […]

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U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

Lloyd 'Carl' Fields

Special to The widow of an American killed in a Jordan terrorist attack is filing suit against Twitter for giving a voice to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the lawsuit, Tamara Fields said the social media […]

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