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State Deparment On Anti-ISIS Tweeting Campaign

ISIS is having success using social media to gain recruits, and the State Department is fighting back. In 2011, the State Department launched the Center for Strategic Counter-terrorism Communication, which developed anti-terrorism Twitter accounts that were first directed at Al Qaeda. The goal: to directly engage with people overseas who were interested in or drawn [...]

There is a growing rift between President Obama and the military about how to fight ISIS reports the Washington Post. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tried to reassure the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday that civilian and military leaders at the Pentagon were in “full alignment” and in “complete agreement with every component of the [...]

Rand Paul becomes the sanest person in the room. “When there were Republicans in office, there were loud voices on the other side,” he continued. “I see an empty chamber. There will be no voices against war because this is a Democrat president’s war.” “The hypocrisy of that should resound in this nearly empty chamber,” [...]

The U.S. Senate has voted to give President Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels, just as the House has done. On a vote of 73-22, the Senate passed legislation on Thursday that included authorization that Obama requested to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting ISIS on the ground. The language was included in a [...]

For weeks, the White House has been trying to explain to the media that,while ground combat troops in Iraq and Syria are not on the table, they actually are on the table, and on Thursday, someone else finally noticed. The gold star goes to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, who got White [...]

ISIS was planning a random attack in Sydney to prove its reach, but was thwarted by police. Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said. Australian police detained 15 [...]

British journalist John Cantlie was abducted in Syria in 2012. In the video he claims he was “abandoned” by the British government and says he’ll be telling the truth about ISIS and the Western media in subsequent videos. Hello, my name is John Cantlie. I am a British journalist who used to work for some [...]

The arrest of Yemeni-American shopkeeper Mufid Elfgeeh in May didn’t attract much media attention, but his indictment this week on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS has made him a national story. The news sets off two types of alarms, one of which is a bullshit detector. On the one hand, Elfgeeh’s [...]

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Obama will personally sign off any any air strikes in Syria. “The requirement for the Syrian strikes will be far more stringent than those in Iraq, at least at first, to assure the Syrian air campaign remains strictly limited, in an attempt to mitigate the threat that [...]

(Reuters) – At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. Two days of air strikes left women and children among the dead, including a mother who was killed along with five of her [...]

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