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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal

House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, But Not to Pay For It

With the help primarily of Republicans, President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels won approval in the House on Wednesday.

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Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

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Should U.S. Policy Toward Islamic State Be Containment?

President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech was a strange mixture of counterterrorism and warmaking.

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U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

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Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza

In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Russell Brand Tears Apart Obama’s Reasons for Starting Another War in Iraq

In a recent episode of “The Trews” titled “Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings?” comedian Russell Brand ponders what President Obama really means when he says the U.S. is attacking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in order to protect “America’s core interests.”

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Must Muslim Americans Condemn IS? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?

During the recent war in the Gaza Strip, a controversy broke out in Turkey about whether Turkish Jews were required to condemn Israel’s actions, as some pro-Palestinian Turks suggested.

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Iraq Benosing

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Top 5 Contradictions in Obama’s Emerging Islamic State Strategy

In the past week, Secretary of State John Kerry has marshaled support of some sort from European nations and from countries in the Middle East for the U.S. push against Islamic State.

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Media, Politicians Should Stop Letting Islamic State Manipulate Them

Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaida could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film.

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James Foley’s Family Says It Was Intimidated by U.S. Government

Members of the family of the U.S. journalist killed by the Islamic State last month have told various media outlets that the Obama administration “threatened” them with criminal charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to pay a ransom for him.

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Jon Stewart: Coalition to Fight Islamic State Looks ‘Awful Christian-y’

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

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Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

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Terrorists

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Russia Denounces Obama Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law

Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s plans for taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Iraq Boots on the Ground

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President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

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ISIL Enemies

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Obama’s ISIS Actions Are Defensive, Despite Rhetoric of Going on Offensive

President Obama’s speech launching his war on ISIS avoided the qualifications that he had earlier made, which had produced caviling inside the Beltway from politicians who confuse careless belligerency with decisiveness.

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Live: Watch Obama’s Address to the Nation Right Here

The president is expected to announce military strikes within Syria on ISIS. Watch live video after the jump.

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ISIS?

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Jon Stewart on ISIS, the ‘Thoroughly Modern Militants’

Al-Qaida has a thing or two to learn from ISIS about social media. Meanwhile, the efforts to squash ISIS have created some strange bedfellows. Luckily, Jon Stewart has returned from promoting his film “Rosewater” at festivals and has gotten back on “network anchor war footing” to tell us all about the new plagiarist terrorists in town.

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Will It Be a 3 Years War? Obama to Bomb Syria in Fight Against ISIS

At a Monday evening dinner at the White House attended by foreign policy experts, President Obama expressed confidence that he had the authority to bomb ISIS positions in Syria.

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New Iraqi Government: Less Than Meets the Eye?

The Iraqi parliament finally voted in the government of new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, in what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a “turning point.”

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Top 5 Signs the U.S. Is De Facto Allied With Iran Versus ISIS

U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq have alternated with Iranian airstrikes on ISIS positions. It seems likely to me that the two air forces are coordinating in at least a minimal way, otherwise there would be a danger of them hitting each other rather than ISIS.

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U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

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The 5 Things You Need to Know Today About the Fight Against ISIL

All the governments in the Arab League are afraid of ISIL.

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Would a U.S./NATO War in Syria Be Legal in International Law?

Efforts are being made in Congress to give President Barack Obama the formal authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria against ISIL.

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Obama Previews U.S. Response to ISIS: ‘We’re Going to Defeat Them’

On Sunday, as the U.S. military announced that it had initiated airstrikes targeting ISIS in western Iraq, President Obama made an appearance on “Meet the Press” to give a sense of what he’ll have to say on Wednesday when he formally outlines America’s strategy for targeting the militant Islamist group.

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Obama and Cameron Find Little Enthusiasm at NATO for New Iraq War

The NATO summit in Wales was supposed to be all about getting out of Afghanistan. Instead, two new issues dominated it—Ukraine and ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

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Islamic State Cancer

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ISIS Religion

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ISIS Attention

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The Presidential Painsuit

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What Hackers Did to Celebs? The NSA’s Been Doing That to All of the U.S. Instead of Predicting ISIL

There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting of their private, nude photos at 4Chan by hackers who apparently got into their cloud accounts.

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Obama Bombs

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Can Iraqi Forces Take Back Saddam’s Birthplace From ISIL?

Joint Iraqi and Kurdish forces began moving into Tikrit on Tuesday night into Wednesday after victories over the so-called Islamic State of Syria and the Levant in villages around Amerli, including Sulaiman Bek.

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How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their ‘Caliphate’ and Ours

Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all.

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Islamic State Says It Has Beheaded Another American Journalist

Steven Sotloff of Time is reportedly the latest American journalist to be beheaded by the Islamic State, a militant group in control of large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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Dick Cheney-Approved

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Iraq: Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point?

The Iraqi military is maintaining that it has successfully relieved the town of Amerli (pop. 15,000) in northern Iraq from a siege by ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

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Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn

The Irish reporter has written the definitive primer on the Middle East’s most ferocious and ambitious new pretenders to power: the Islamic State.

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