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Pentagon Readying For Long War

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 [...]

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 [...]

Former CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta says we should brace ourselves for a very long war. “I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war,” he says, one that will have to extend beyond Islamic State to include emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. In his first interview about his [...]

A female Kurdish fighter carried out a suicide bomb attack against militants of the Islamic State group near the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday, killing an unknown number of people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The United Kingdom-based monitoring group said that the attack had been carried out in [...]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has prevailed upon President Obama to invoke the War Powers Act, but without success. The militants of the Islamic State were pouring across the Syrian border into Iraq, and seizing cities where so much American blood and treasure had been spilled. But Mr. Kaine said he told the president in no [...]

This won’t end well. The United States sent helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration officials has promised would not include “boots on the ground.” The U.S. Central Command, in a statement [...]

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