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How Many of Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters Are American?

According to U.S. officials and his uncle, 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain of San Diego died last week while fighting for ISIS in Syria.

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Airstrikes Will Not Defeat ISIS, Scholar Says

“It’s very unlikely that U.S. airstrikes will be able to stop” the Sunni fundamentalist group’s march across Syria and Iraq, professor Vijay Prashad tells “Democracy Now!” on Monday. A coalition of regional militaries and even militias is needed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Brutalized Become Brutal

The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning.

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Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley

The slain photojournalist was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

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Obama’s Budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer is advocating that the U.S. and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and instead coordinate with it to move against the so-called Islamic State.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



One in 4 Europeans Fighting With ISIS Are British

Reports that an estimated 2,000 Europeans have joined jihadists fighting for territory in Syria and Iraq are a reminder that feelings of loyalty are not givens and can be diverted away from one’s place of origin.

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

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Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

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Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

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Iraq Roundup: Al-Maliki’s Ouster, ISIS’ Onslaught and America’s Airstrikes

As of Tuesday, longtime Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was on his way out, as the long-term outcome for his divided country seemed troubled at best.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



‘The End of a Country, and the Start of a New Dark Age’

In a terrifying excerpt from his essential new book, “The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising,” veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn describes the native barbarous forces overcoming Iraq and the surrounding region, and the kind of society—thanks in large part to the failed U.S. intervention there—they look set to build.

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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



Charge Your Phone or Lose It to the TSA on Flights to the U.S.

If your phone or tablet won’t turn on at certain airport security checks, you may have to abandon your device overseas.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

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French Bank BNP Has Enough Cash to Pay Record $9 Billion Fine

Accused of violating sanctions against Iran, Syria and Cuba, French bank BNP Paribas agreed to pay a jaw-dropping fine, and, perhaps more incredibly, to do so without asking for money.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Supreme Court Goes… Phonanimous?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s big end-of-term decisions this week, including striking down President Obama’s recess appointments, ruling against arrest-related searches of cellphones and putting an end to buffer zones around abortion clinics. Also, the U.S. pledges to help Syrian rebels and Ukraine signs a trade accord.

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Top 5 Reasons U.S. Aid to ‘Moderate’ Syrian Fighters Is Quixotic

The Obama administration’s fruitless search for effective Sunni “moderate” fighters in Syria continues, with the announcement of a $500 million grant to them for training and weaponry.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq in Last Throes as Kurdistan Seeks Independence, Syria and Iran Intervene

Former vice president and unindicted felon Richard Bruce Cheney (they always give the criminals’ names that way, in full) once said that he was sure that the Sunni Arab resistance to the U.S. in Iraq was in its last throes.

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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

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Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams — Here’s an Essential Reader

Confused about what’s going on in Iraq? Wondering how the situation became so grim?

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Sends Troops as Isis Sweeps Iraq

Amid a rampant insurgency in Iraq and forced talks between the U.S. and Iran, President Obama has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq.

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The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict in Iraq?

As Sunni militants continue their march across the country, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Monday that the U.S. is considering launching drone strikes in Iraq. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Iraqi-American political analyst Raed Jarrar for clarity on the developments.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



‘Urgent’ U.S. Attack in Iraq and Syria Possible

The Obama administration is considering an air assault on Islamic extremists taking control of areas throughout Syria and Iraq.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a set of historical indictments.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Team in Syria ‘Safe’

The world’s chemical watchdog Tuesday denied a report by the Syrian government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission were kidnapped, saying the group was “safe” and returning to base after an attack.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Pope Francis in Jordan Reaches Out to Forgotten Syrian Refugees, Christians and Muslims

Syrian refugees, and Christian refugees in particular, are hoping that the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan on Saturday will raise the profile of their plight.

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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

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Is Fall of Homs a Turning Point in Regime’s Quest to Retake Syria?

The governor of Homs Province, Talal al-Barazi, said Wednesday that 80 percent of the rebel fighters in that city have now been evacuated.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



WHO Declares Polio ‘Public Health Emergency’

The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has re-emerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries such as Syria and Pakistan.

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A Widening War: Iraq Intervenes in Syria With Helicopter Gunships

For the first time, Iraqi helicopter gunships have crossed the border to hit a target inside Syria.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Foreign Affairs Troubles and a Nevada Rancher

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists” discuss the 700-page economics text about inequality currently leading the best-seller list on Amazon, rising tension in Ukraine, reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the disastrous turn in conservatives’ love affair with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and more.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig in the Running for Best Political Blog Webby Award

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Al-Qaida After 9/11: ‘The Most Powerful Military Force in an Area the Size of Britain’

In a report that seemed to escape everyone’s notice, Independent writer Patrick Cockburn describes the “spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots… despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


Sy Hersh: U.S. Intelligence Feared Turkish Sarin Supply

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh talks with “Democracy Now!” on Monday about evidence he uncovered that suggests Turkey may have supplied sarin gas to Syrian rebels and could have been behind the deadly attack that almost led to a U.S. strike on Syria last year.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire:’ Climate Panel Paints Mad Max World of Famine, Fire, War

It is fire, i.e., massive global warming, that threatens the world as we know it.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Saudi King Channels John McCain, Demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama met late Friday with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the latter’s desert camp, flying out from Riyadh by helicopter.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Romney Is Wrong That Obama’s Syria Policy Emboldened Putin

On “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s policies toward Russia as “naive” and called the country a “geopolitical adversary” of the U.S.

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