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US Air Strikes Have Killed 533 Militants In Syria, 32 Civilians

(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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The retired four-star general who headed NATO and ran for president was on radio with me Friday night. He said troops on the ground would make the sitution worse. COLMES: Specifically about ISIS, is President Obama handling it the right way, could he or should he have done something sooner? GEN. WESLEY CLARK: Well, I [...]

The former president spoke to the Dallas Star-Telegram with much criticism of President Obama’s Middle East policies. “I really object to the killing of people, particularly Americans overseas who haven’t been brought to justice and put on trial,” he said. “We’ve killed four Americans overseas with American drones. To me that violates our Constitution and [...]

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