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Pentagon Admits ISIS Now Has U.S. Weapons

It was only a matter of time, and not very much time, before ISIS got hold of weapons airdropped by the United States. The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters took possession of a stray bundle of U.S.-airdropped weapons and other supplies in the Syrian border town of Kobani earlier [...]

At least 17 worshippers were killed at a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad on Monday after a suicide bomber detonated his vest. Another 25 people were wounded in the blast, which came a day after 28 people were killed in a similar attack on a mosque in western Baghdad. The suicide bomber detonated his vest [...]

The United States is helping ISIS with foodstuffs, medical supplies, clinics and even taxes. It’s being going to territory ISIS controls. The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether [...]

At least 70 bodies have been delivered to a Syrian hospital, a sign that ISIS is incurring big casualties on the Turkish border. It’s unclear who dropped the bodies of the ISIS fighters off at the hospital, but it was likely other fighters from the militant group, because they control Tal Abyad. Sources who work [...]

The Pentagon doesn’t believe war will end anytime soon. In his first public overview of the campaign he leads from the Florida headquarters of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin cautioned against expecting quick progress. He said he cannot predict how long it will take to right a wobbly Iraqi army and build a [...]

SULIMANIYAH, Iraq — Executing hundreds of prisoners without trial. Arbitrarily arresting villagers along sectarian lines. Hanging bodies from power lines to instill fear in the local community. Gunning down dozens of civilians as they gather to pray. If this sounds like a checklist for the Islamic State, or IS, try looking across the front line [...]

Weapons that had been abandoned by Saddam Hussein long before the U.S. invasion of Iraq caused illnesses to Americans serving there. It was covered up. Also kept secret was the Pentagon’s lack of preparedness for finding such weapons, weapons we helped them obtain in the first place. Five years after President George W. Bush sent [...]

Much of the ammunition ISIS has came from Iraqi security forces, meaning the arms are from the United States. The data, part of a larger sample of captured arms and cartridges in Syria and Iraq, carries an implicit warning for policy makers and advocates of intervention. It suggests that ammunition transferred into Syria and Iraq [...]

Iraqi officials issued a desperate plea Saturday night for America to provide ground troops, as heavily armed ISIS jihadists came within striking distance of Baghdad. Conrad Black: Fixing the Middle East, for now and forever Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird are certainly correct to support Canada’s traditional allies in attacking the [...]

Either we go in all the way or, if I had my way, we don’t go in at all. But what we’re doing appears not to be working. America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the [...]

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