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Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy

An official investigation offers evidence that the U.S. military engineered a lethal attack on Syrian troops, sabotaging the president’s effort to cooperate with Russia against Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE


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America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017

The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Meets Blase Bonpane, a Priest Who Defied the Catholic Church

The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard

Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Sting and Gandhian Anti-Terrorism: Your Paris Vacation Can Help Cripple Islamic State (Video)

Sting, 65, recently played at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where Islamic State terrorists killed 90 people last year in one of the worst attacks in the West in recent years.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul

The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Iraq’s Skies Darken as Islamic State Torches Oil

With many civilians likely to die in the conflict in Iraq and Syria, the fighting also threatens the environment as ISIS torches oil wells.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul

Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle

The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: Will Islamic State Pour Into Syria After Suffering Defeat in Iraq?

Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers celebrated in the town of Bartella, which Iraqi forces recently retook. Not pictured are U.S. officials, who may be cheering the prospect of Islamic State fighters, driven from Iraq, causing problems for Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Things You Should Know About Mosul (Video)

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. What is the significance of the city?

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE


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The U.S. Breaks Off Military Cooperation With Russia in Syria (Video)

On Monday, the United States government suspended talks with the Russian Federation on how to end the Syrian conflict but said the step didn’t imply all joint activity would end.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE



Hacker Who Handed Over U.S. Government Data to Islamic State Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

International cooperation led to Ardit Ferizi’s arrest and conviction in a groundbreaking cybersecurity case.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrorism: Destroying Islamic State in Mosul and Then Rebuilding City

President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



‘Pigs! Crusaders!’: U.S.-Backed Fundamentalists Chase American Commandos Out of Syria

Turning the Americans back across the Turkish border, the Free Syrian Army members cursed them and asserted that the U.S. is attempting a military occupation of Syria.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



In a Massive Intelligence Error, the U.S. Kills 80 Syrian Troops, Helping Islamic State to Advance

The United States Air Force hit a Syrian military installation in Deir al-Zor that it thought was held by Islamic State. But it turned out to be the Syrian Arab Army position at the Deir al-Zor military airport.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities

A meeting was convened recently in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to secure and preserve cultural artifacts in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



Syria Truce Holds, Offering Hopes for Delivery of Humanitarian Aid

The truce that began Monday night in Syria held for its first 24 hours in the areas designated by the U.S. and Russia for a cease-fire. There was little sign of political compromise, however, which is a bad sign for the future.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Fooled Again

We have once more been baited and hooked by the corporate elites who look upon the electorate as malleable and disposable.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Lacks Sense or Sensibility

The Republican nominee may be the most dangerously ignorant major-party presidential candidate in history.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 READ MORE



With Defeat Looming, Islamic State Haunts Syria With Six Bombings (Video)

The group is still acting like a military organization, but it has always mixed military with terrorist tactics. On Monday, it slid toward the terrorist end of the spectrum, setting off six coordinated bombings that left more than four dozen people dead.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Declares Turkish-Backed Campaign Against Our Allies in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Recent developments in Syria are reminiscent of the cartoon strip “Peanuts” scenario in which Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back. In this case, Washington is playing Lucy and the Kurds are playing Charlie Brown.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Syria Snafu: Pentagon’s Militias Are Fighting Turkey and CIA’s Militias

U.S. Syrian policy is in disarray despite recent victories against Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Suicide Bombing in Yemen Kills at Least 54

The “martyrdom operation” targeting recruits at a Yemeni army training camp is the latest atrocity in the civil war that has claimed thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Sends Families Out of Mosul as Kurdish and Shiite Forces Advance

Iraqi military forces have taken the strategic town of al-Qayarah, near the major city of Mosul, from Islamic State. Mosul is the last major city in the hands of the apocalyptic, brutal cult that has lost almost all the territory it took in 2014.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Is Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

A spokesman for the Kurdish army said that attacks by the Turkish military constitute a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE



Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Jets Almost Tangle With Syrian MiGs, Which Bombed an Area With Embedded U.S. Troops

A new round of fighting between Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian army could drag the United States into war.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



As Islamic State Brewed in Iraq, Clinton’s State Department Reduced Eyes and Ears on the Ground

An investigation finds that Clinton initially pressed to keep civilian programs and listening posts after the U.S. troop pullout in 2011, but then scrapped or slashed them at the behest of the White House and Congress.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the Extreme Vetting of Muslims

In an attempt at a foreign policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee got back to his fearmongering roots by focusing on the threat of Islamic State, which he depicted as a Hydra-headed menace with tentacles in a range of Western countries, including the U.S.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Reasons the U.S. Could Not Have Forestalled the Syrian Civil War

Americans are practical people, and they incorrectly believe that all problems have relatively simple solutions. 

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Residents in Syrian Town Celebrate Freedom From Islamic State (Video)

Men shaved their beards, which had been imposed on them by the fundamentalists, and women threw off their burqas and burned them in the northern town of Manbij on Saturday.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)

In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Number of Islamic State Fighters Falls to 15,000

Islamic State as a territorial power is slowly coming to an end, but as a source of terrorism it will have a long run.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Important Smuggling City of Manbij, Syria, Has Fallen to the Kurd-Arab Force

The war in Syria is nowhere near to being over, but the Islamic State period may be coming to an end.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Bombs Away for the USA in Libya

The United States has returned to aerial bombing in Libya on Islamic State sites, a mission that’s almost guaranteed to spread more misery across North Africa.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Are the French News Media Right to Stop Printing Photos and Names of Terrorists? (Video)

In an effort to stop Islamic State from “heroizing” attackers, a number of French newspapers and television channels have ceased printing the pictures, and sometimes even the names, of people who commit terrorist acts.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Unleashes More Outrages and Lies at Bizarre News Conference

Truth is irrelevant to the Republican presidential nominee. All he wanted to do is steal a few hours of media attention in the middle of the Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Force Reform in Saudi Arabia With a Thousand Cuts

Despite new evidence of Saudi complicity revealed in the 9/11 report’s “28 pages,” the Saudis keep getting a free ride from the lemmings in Congress. Here’s how to ratchet up pressure on the regime.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE


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