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First U.S. Service Member Dies In Iraq Fighting ISIS

The Pentagon has announced the first death in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, a 19-year-old from California, died in Baghdad on Thursday in what a Pentagon statement described as a noncombat incident. Further details about how Neal died were not immediately available. Earlier this month, a Marine was deemed [...]

(Reuters) – Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot [...]

Thirteen people were sentenced to jail by a Saudi court Tuesday for planning an attack against U.S. forces in the Middle East, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, reported. The accused, who were handed down prison sentences ranging from 18 months to 30 years, were convicted of “forming a terrorist cell.” A special terrorism court reportedly jailed [...]

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 [...]

The gunman was identified to NBC News as Michael Joseph Hill, 32, who converted to Islam and used the name Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Canadian media, quoting an aunt, identified the victim as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Ontario, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one of Canada’s largest reserve units. Few details of either man [...]

With the news that three teenage girls have been detained and returned home after apparently trying to run away and join ISIS, Americans have a whole new thing to freak out about: your damn kids signing up for global jihad. Three girls from Colorado, aged 15, 16, and 17, were apprehended at Frankfurt airport in Germany [...]

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says her life has been threatened by ISIS, and so now has a bodyguard. This type of protective detail — which is administered by the Capitol Police — would likely be with Bachmann 24 hours a day, both in Washington and in her home district. She will lose the detail when she [...]

The Fear Election?

Fear makes you more conservative. Fear makes conservatives even more conservative. At TNR Alice Robb summarizes experimental studies and research conducted by Professor John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that shows people move to the right ideologically when they are confronted by images that bring to mind their own mortality — a liberal person becomes [...]

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 [...]

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