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Why Chuck Hagel Is Gone

There are various reasons for the end of Chuck Hagel’s stint as Defense Secretary. The first kind are policy failures, and they’re not insignificant. In Afghanistan, Hagel failed to gain enough ground against the Taliban to force them to accept some kind of peace deal; instead, the Taliban sees itself as winning outright and is […]

Of all the people in Congress to introduce a war resolution, the Libertarian-leaning Rand Paul would be the most unlikely choice. “The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action […]

Looking to help stave off advances by the Islamic State group in Iraq, the U.S. plans to begin buying $24.1 million worth of arms for Sunni Muslim tribesman. The weapons would include AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, according to a Defense Department document sent to Congress cited by Reuters. Overall, the Pentagon requested $1.6 […]

Donnie Swaggart says gay activists are like ISIS and they’d behead Christians if they could. Swaggart — the son of disgraced 1980s televangelist Jimmy Swaggart — made the statements in response to local efforts to enforce the city of Houston’s anti-discrimination ordinance. “All of this is to shut the Bible up,” Swaggart said. “They want […]

Over the weekend, ISIS released a video depicting the immediate aftermath of the murder of American aid worker Peter Edward Kassig, who adopted the Muslim name Abdul-Rahman Kassig while in captivity following his apparent conversion. The White House has confirmed the authenticity, and Kassig’s death, and in a statement released on Sunday, President Obama called […]

Her name has not been released but, like Peter Kossig, she is an aid worker kidnapped while trying to help Syrians rendered needy by that country’s war. She was particularly moved to help children who have been orphaned and separated from their families. The woman was taken in August 2013, along with a group of […]

The family of Peter Kessig, the latest American to be beheaded by ISIS, is asking that video of the horror not be shared or distributed. The video, more graphic than those showing previous murders of hostages, shows 18 Syrian soldiers having their heads cut off by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

ISIS Beheads U.S. Aid Worker

A video released by ISIS purports to show beheadings of a dozen Syrian soldiers and then a claim that U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig was also beheaded. The video ends with the militant standing over a severed head he says belongs to Kassig. U.S. officials said they were working to determine the video’s authenticity. Kassig’s […]

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria are severely overmatched and on the brink of being wiped out by the combined forces of an al Qaeda branch and the Islamic State group, the Associated Press reported. The Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and the Islamic State group, which were once fighting one another, have turned their […]

No one believed the promise of no ground troops in Iraq. But Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told Congress Thursday they are considering ground troops to fight ISIS militants. In Washington, U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Thursday that the United States […]

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