10:31 AM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
U.S. Central Command has released this video of an airstrike that took place December 18 on ISIS in Iraq:
"A video of an airstrike supporting Operation Inherent Resolve is now available for viewing. The video depicts an airstrike occurring Dec. 18 against an ISIL VBIED near Sinjar, Iraq. The amount of explosives contained by the VBIED created a blast intense enough to momentarily black out the video," reads the video's description, which was posted on YouTube by CentCom.
4:24 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
For lack of a Status of Forces agreement, the United States pulled virtually all of its military forces from Iraq in 2011. Since then, the Iraq army has come close to collapse and large portions of the country have fallen under the control of ISIS. The administration has dispatched American forces to train and advise the Iraqis. And a few to provide force protection for the trainers and advisors.
7:25 AM, Nov 19, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.
Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost’s oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself “Caliph Ibrahim I” and declared that his Islamic State was now a “caliphate.”
3:48 PM, Nov 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House forwards this statement from the Pentagon press secretary on sending 1,500 more troops to Iraq:
The commander in chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional U.S. personnel over the coming months, in a non-combat role, to expand our advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces.
12:33 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If one objective of the bombing campaign in the Mideast was to stop – or, at least, reduce – the flow of fresh recruits to ISIS, then it has failed. As Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports
11:26 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In the fight against ISIS in Iraq, Anbar province is decisive and to turn things around there:
9:21 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown took issue with Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen's characterization of the American military operations in the Middle East as an "occupying force" in the two candidates' final debate Thursday evening. The New Hampshire politicians were debating the use of U.S. troops against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.
"I don't think we want tens of thousands of American troops as an occupying force for sixty years, as we've had in Korea," Shaheen said.
3:36 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Paul McLeary of Defense News writes that the administration has a way of accounting for what went wrong in Iraq. According to Deputy National Security Adviser Anthony Blinken (a rare "top administration official" willing to go on record):
7:23 AM, Oct 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, tells Frontline that "everyone" warned the Obama administration about ISIS--and that they did nothing.
Watch the clip here:
"The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify its support against ISIS with Iraqi armed forces, and it did almost nothing."
4:35 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The ISIS campaign in Iraq proceeds where it cannot be seen and meets little resistance. The U.S. says it has a plan by which government forces will go on the offense and retake lost territory … beginning in a few months.
2:11 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By DAVID ADESNIK
Did Rand Paul just become a supporter of George W. Bush’s freedom agenda? “The world does not have an Islam problem,” Paul explained a few days ago. “The world has a dignity problem, with millions of men and women across the Middle East being treated as chattel by their own governments.” Such words clearly echo President Bush’s declaration that, “Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe – because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.” Few statements have provoked more ire from committed realists, which is what Rand Paul says he is.
7:24 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Rear Admiral John Kirby appeared at a joint press briefing with spokesperson Jen Psaki at the State Department Thursday and addressed the ongoing airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.