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Friend says Ottawa gunman knew homegrown jihadist, wanted to travel to Middle East

 The convert to Islam who fatally shot a Canadian soldier guarding that country’s national war memorial Wednesday morning before attacking Parliament and being fatally shot by its sergeant-at-arms was a bureaucrat’s son who displayed possible signs of mental illness and had a connection to a homegrown jihadist who has traveled to Syria, according to a […] Read More →

Jihadist asks ISIS to spare American captive

 An al-Qaeda-linked militant has asked the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to spare the life of an American hostage who treated jihadists during his stint as an aid worker in the region. The Telegraph reported that Abu Omar Aqidi of Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian group linked to al-Qaeda, tweeted his support for ISIS […] Read More →

War by algebra defies the true nature of war

Dr. Earl Tilford,  Editor’s note: This article first appeared at  Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United […] Read More →

Lebanon Pulled Into ISIS Fight

 With all eyes on the Islamic State group’s onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country’s border with Syria. The U.S. […] Read More →