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ISIS 7x Bigger Than West Believes

Patrick Cockburn | The Independent  The Islamic State (Isis) has recruited an army hundreds of thousands strong, far larger than previous estimates by the CIA, according to a senior Kurdish leader. He said the ability of Isis to attack on many widely separated fronts in Iraq and Syria at the same time shows that the […] Read More →

United Arab Emirates brands Muslim Brotherhood terrorists

 The United Arab Emirates designated the Muslim Brotherhood and dozens of other Islamist groups as terrorist organizations on Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the group by lumping it together with extremists such as the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria. The federation’s Cabinet adopted the designations against the 83 […] Read More →

Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes: U.N.

 Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday. The experts told world powers to make sure the commanders guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity were held accountable by […] Read More →

Syrian planes bomb northern town, killing 21

 At least 21 people were killed and around 100 wounded overnight when Syrian army planes bombed a town in northern Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday. The attack came hours before a United Nations mediator met with senior Syrian officials in Damascus to discuss ways to ease […] Read More →

Should the West withdraw from the world to win its love?

 In his original and argumentative history of the Anglo-American domination of the past three or more centuries, Walter Russell Mead writes that both the UK and the United States believed their imposition of a world order served the highest interests of humanity. From Oliver Cromwell’s denunciation of Spanish cruelty in the 1650s to Ronald Reagan’s […] Read More →

Obama Approves Doubling U.S. Military Force in Iraq

 President Barack Obama has approved doubling the U.S. military force in Iraq and allowing troops to venture beyond headquarters already established in Baghdad and Erbil, in an escalation of the U.S. effort to defeat Islamic State extremists. Obama also is asking Congress to approve $5.6 billion in added Pentagon and State Department spending to fight […] Read More →

Top General: No Ground Troops Limits ISIS War Efforts

Gen. Lloyd Austin discussed the difficulties of a war fought strictly from the air.     President Barack Obama’s refusal to deploy ground troops to Iraq or Syria in the fight against the Islamic State group has hampered coalition efforts to investigate reports of civilian casualties and determine the exact size of the force it’s facing, the top […] Read More →

Obama’s Syria strategy suffers a major setback

 The Obama administration’s Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry, triggering widespread defections and ending hopes that Washington will readily find Syrian partners in its war against the Islamic State. Moderate rebels who had been armed and […] Read More →