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Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Iraq Killings

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted and jailed for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. A jury in Federal District Court found that the deaths of 17 Iraqis in the shooting, which began when a convoy of the guards suddenly began firing in a crowded intersection, was not a battlefield tragedy, but the [...]

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 [...]

Three years ago on Monday, Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi was captured and killed by a rebel militia in his hometown of Sirte, an event that was supposed to mark the beginning of a new, democratic era in the country. But today, Libya is far from stable. The country is sliding further and further into all-out [...]

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 [...]

Former University of Illinois professor and Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers spoke with me on radio Tuesday night about why he thinks the United States is a terrorist nation, John Kerry is a war criminal. We discussed what we should be doing about the Middle East, his history with the Weather Underground, and how children should [...]

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 [...]

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