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Syria Op-Ed: The Problem with Obama’s “Grand Strategy” vs. Islamic State

Just before President Obama delivered his speech last week announcing a strategy to “degrade and eventually destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the blogger NotGeorgeSabra posted a column

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Iraq Daily: US Airstrikes Move Near Baghdad

Expanding airstrikes in Iraq on the Islamic State, US warplanes have bombed jihadist positions southwest of Baghdad for the first time. The US Central Command said early Tuesday that the

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Iran Daily: Rouhani “Anti-Islamic State Coalition in Iraq is a Joke”

Continuing its propaganda battle with the US over intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State, Iran’s regime has lashed out over its exclusion from Monday’s international conference in Paris. President

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Syria Daily: Death Toll Tops 100 For 2nd Day in Row

LATEST: Regime Props Up Currency With Injection of US Dollars Into Market For the second day in a row, opposition activists reported that more than 100 people have been killed

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Iran Feature: Supreme Leader “I Rejected US Offer to Cooperate Over Iraq”

UPDATE 1730 GMT: US Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that contacts with Iran over the Iraqi crisis will continue, despite the rejection by the Supreme Leader. Kerry said

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Iraq Daily: US — Arab Coalition to Join Airstrikes on Islamic State

LATEST: Iraq President — Islamic State Fighters “Committing Atrocities, Brainwashing Iraqis” UPDATE 1700 GMT: The international conference in Paris has issued a statement of “commitment to the unity, territorial integrity,

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Iran Daily: Has Tehran Given Up on Syria’s Assad?

PHOTO: Syria’s President Assad with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif LATEST: Supreme Leader Released After Week in Hospital MONDAY FEATURE Iran Feature: Supreme Leader “I Rejected US Offer to

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Syria Daily: 100+ Killed as Regime Attacks Villages in East

LATEST: Last Supply Route Into Islamic State-Controlled Deir Ez Zor Blown Up Opposition activists report that more than 100 people were killed in Syria on Sunday as regime warplanes attacked

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Syria & Iraq Audio Analysis: The Islamic State’s Latest Beheading…& How It Reveals Their Weakness

I spoke with BBC West Midlands on Sunday morning about the Islamic State’s latest beheading of a Western hostage, the British aid worker David Haines, and how it reveals their

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Syria Analysis: Assad is “Worst Possible Partner” in Fight Against Islamic State

Analysts Thomas Pierret and Emile Hokayem write for Politico: Bad ideas never die. In recent days, as President Obama geared up for a prime-time Wednesday speech outlining his strategy for

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