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Experts question Obama's counterterrorism policy in Middle East

Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:46 Written by
The rise of global terrorism and the savagery committed by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in parts of Yemen, Syria and Iraq has some counterterrorism experts questioning the Obama administration’s strategy of “light footprint” against the extremist movements. Many have argued for deeper U.S. involvement in the hotly contested areas, if not with regular ground troops, then with at least elite military advisers. Some argue the template of
One Year Later: ISIS’ Caliphate and the Strength of its War in Iraq, Syria
Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:09 Written by
Americans aren’t the only ones marking an anniversary this week. A year ago, as the U.S. headed into the 2014 Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Islamic State groupmade a bold claim: The territory it had seized in Syria and Iraq and the followers it recruited constituted the world’s newest country, one based on pure Islamic beliefs. This new so-called caliphate would become "the dream in all the Muslims’ hearts" and "the hope of
Fmr. Obama Adviser: We Haven’t Improved Relations With Many Countries
Thursday, 02 July 2015 22:39 Written by
Former Obama campaign foreign policy adviser David Tafuri stated that while “American standing is much stronger right now,” “there may not be many countries where we have a much better relationship as a result of President Obama” and that there are “weaknesses” in the US’ ISIS strategy on Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel. Tafuri addressed comments on Obama’s foreign policy made by former President Jimmy Carter, saying, “Well, President
Obama’s Terror Policy Criticized Amid Claims of ‘Progress’
Thursday, 02 July 2015 22:07 Written by
The Anbar capital city of Ramadi falls, and Pentagon officials shrug. 300 people are killed in Kobani, and US officials tout the fact that ISIS didn’t capture the city outright. Not a day goes by lately, it seems, that the Obama Administration isn’t touting their “progress” in the ongoing war on terror. The claims were never particularly credible, and while officials continue to maintain that the strategy is “working” and
Sen. Lankford: Nation on Watch for July 4 'Lone Wolf' ISIS Attacks
Thursday, 02 July 2015 20:14 Written by
With the possibility of the Islamic State (ISIS) attacking the United States during the July Fourth holiday, smaller assaults are more of a concern than large-scale ones, Sen. James Lankford said Thursday. "The greatest concern is actually the lone wolf," the Oklahoma Republican told CNN. "It's the individual that just decides to be inspired by ISIS and what they've done. Story continues below video. "ISIS is very outspoken about how much they hate
President Obama’s Independence Day opportunity against ISIS
Thursday, 02 July 2015 20:14 Written by
HONOLULU, July 2, 2015 — The Pentagon and Homeland Security are bracing for what numerous security professionals have termed a “credible threat” of terror attacks by ISIS or other extremist groups this Independence Day weekend. Although Americans are being urged to exercise vigilance by federal and local authorities alike, if a “credible” threat truly exists against the United States and her allies from ISIS, President Obama should go
US Forbids Allies From Arming Syrian Kurds to Fight ISIS
Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:41 Written by
While the Pentagon is providing airstrikes in support of the Kurdish YPG virtually daily in its fights against ISIS, reports are that the Obama Administration is blocking other nations’ plans to provide heavy weapons to the group, in hopes of bolstering their fight. The YPG is the dominant Kurdish fighting forces in Syria, and controls broad swathes of territory along the Turkish border on both sides of ISIS territory, including
Col. Patrick Murray: We're Nowhere Close to Containing ISIS
Thursday, 02 July 2015 18:07 Written by
America is nowhere close to containing the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in our homeland, even as concerns rise over lone wolf attacks during the Independence Day weekend, retired Army Col. Patrick Murray told Newsmax TV Thursday. In a candid interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, the author of "Government Is the Problem" said concerns of a heightened risk of attacks is understandable since "these guys are magicians with social networking.
Did Obama block Arab allies from directly arming the Kurds?
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:44 Written by
posted at 4:41 pm on July 2, 2015 by Ed Morrissey Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES So far, the only two facts we know about defeating ISIS is that the US strategy hasn’t worked, but the Kurdish Peshmerga can do it if they get the resources. Kurdish forces have been resilient, motivated, and effective, while the Iraqi army has all but collapsed
War with Isis: If the US wants to destroy the group, it will need to train Syrians and Iraqis
Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:28 Written by
Britain, however, is only dropping bombs on Isis targets in Iraq, using Tornado aircraft or drones in a campaign that began in September. The UK also has troops in Iraq advising the army as well as Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, and is supplying some equipment to the Kurds. That aerial campaign has continued without pause ever since. In Syria, the US has backing from Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates but is nonetheless carrying
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