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Military Power Cannot Defeat ISIL: Wormuth

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Military Power Cannot Defeat ISIL: Wormuth

The campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists is a whole-of-government approach, the undersecretary of defense for policy stressed Monday during a Center for International Studies military strategy forum in Washington. Christine E. Wormuth is the latest official to emphasize that ISIL cannot be [...]

U.S. Faces Fresh Threats from Russia and China

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U.S. Faces Fresh Threats from Russia and China

Russia, China, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, North Korea are just a few of the situations that the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to deal with. The President’s choice -– Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. -– discussed these and more during his confirmation hearing Thursday. Dunford, currently the commandant of [...]

Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

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Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an increasing number of children into exploitation in the labor market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF. The report shows that inside Syria, children are now contributing to the [...]

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target Islamic State

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Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target Islamic State

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported Tuesday. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, local time, noting [...]

Millions Need Support in Strife-Torn Iraq: UN

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Millions Need Support in Strife-Torn Iraq: UN

Millions of people are in need of a greater assistance across Iraq, said Stephen O’Brien, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the strife-torn country. “It’s imperative at this critical time we do more to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people. Much has been done, but the needs continue to [...]

320,000 People Killed in Syrian Conflict

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320,000 People Killed in Syrian Conflict

Humanitarian organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented death of 230,618 persons since March 18, 2011 – which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa – until June 8, 2015. The casualties, according to SOHR, are as follows: Civilians: 108,086 civilians, including 11,493 children and 7371 women Rebel and Islamic fighters: [...]

U.S. Kills ISIS Leader, Captures His Wife in Syria

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U.S. Kills ISIS Leader, Captures His Wife in Syria

The U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in a statement Saturday that U.S. special operations forces conducted an operation in Syria on Friday to capture a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist organization. “Last night, at the direction of the Commander in Chief, I ordered U.S. [...]

U.S. Begins Combat Training for Syrian Forces

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U.S. Begins Combat Training for Syrian Forces

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that it’s not a goal of the U.S. program to have the new Syrian forces engage the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Although ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL) seems to be losing its momentum as its operations are restricted to only a few towns, U.S. [...]

UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

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UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will begin a series of consultations with Syrian stakeholders and other regional and international actors. The idea is to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced. It is estimated that Syria [...]

Islamic State Executed 2154 People in Syria

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Islamic State Executed 2154 People in Syria

By Rakesh Raman The terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has executed 2,154 people since the declaration of its so-called “Caliphate.” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a human rights group that reports on the conflict in Syria, said today it has documented ISIS executions in Syria during the 10-month period since [...]

Syrian Kurds Launch Fresh Offensive on ISIS

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Syrian Kurds Launch Fresh Offensive on ISIS

The People’s Defense Units (a.k.a. Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or YPG), which is the national army of Syrian Kurdistan, launched new military campaign Monday to liberate all the ISIS terrorist-occupied villages in Syria’s Kobanê countryside. Paving the way for new operations, this campaign on three fronts of Kobanê so far has been productively carried out, said [...]

Coalition Airstrikes Killed 2000 People in Syria

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Coalition Airstrikes Killed 2000 People in Syria

By Rakesh Raman About 2,000 people including men, women, and children have been killed and many others wounded in the past six months of airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition forces. Currently, America’s armed forces are working with over 60 nations to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), a [...]

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