Syria Articles

Rand Says Republicans 'Created' ISIS

6:52 AM, May 27, 2015

Kentucky senator Rand Paul says the "hawks" in the Republican party helped create and grow the Islamic State terrorist group. Paul, who is running for president, appeared Wednesday morning on MSNBC, where host Joe Scarborough asked him about fellow senator Lindsey Graham's own likely White House bid.

"Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, 'Let's not go into Syria.' What do you say to Lindsey?" said Scarborough.

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Dying Young in Baltimore

3:04 PM, May 18, 2015

Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post captures the sorrows of Baltimore with this striking datum

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Pentagon: 'Strategy to Defeat ISIL Is Working'

8:33 AM, May 18, 2015

A DoD News story, published on, claims that the "Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says."

The report reads, "The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today."

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Wife of ISIS Leader in U.S. Custody

9:41 AM, May 16, 2015

The U.S. killed an ISIS leader, Abu Sayyaf, last night in Syria. And, U.S. forces, now have his wife, Umm Sayyaf, in custody. The news was released today by the White House's National Security Council.

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Cotton: New Reports of Sarin Gas Used in Syria

9:15 AM, May 14, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to discuss new reports of sarin gas being used in Syria:

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Kerry to Meet Putin in Sochi

7:47 AM, May 11, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the State Department announced today. They are expected to discuss Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. 

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U.S. Puts Bounty on Four Key Leaders of ISIS

2:04 PM, May 05, 2015

The United States is offering big pay outs to anyone who has "information" on key ISIS leaders. "The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on four key leaders of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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The Gulf States Grapple With the Turmoil in the Middle East

10:17 AM, Apr 15, 2015

Kuwait City
Here in Kuwait, as in the rest of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, there is a sense that the Middle East is changing. In the Gulf media, there seems to be a consensus in support of Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi-led military campaign launched to beat Houthi insurgents and reinstall Yemen's government under President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi. Almost everyone wants to see Iran and its allies, like the Houthis, cut to size, and almost everyone is excited to see Arab governments flex their military muscles. Even those who are questioning the campaign couch the debate not in terms of regional political doctrines like Arab nationalism or Islamism, but rather in terms of national sovereignty and constitutionality.

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Assad: Americans Sugarcoating ISIS

'ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes,' says Syrian dictator.
7:17 PM, Mar 29, 2015

Bashar al-Assad told Charlie Rose that some Americans are sugarcoating ISIS. Moreover, the Syrian dictator claimed, ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes."

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Hayes Podcast: John Kerry Steps Into Another Syrian Mess

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:00 PM, Mar 16, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on Secretary of State John Kerry's Syrian mess.

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Talking to Assad?

11:16 AM, Mar 15, 2015

The AP is reporting that:

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Coalition Bombs Khorasan Group in Syria 'Plotting External Attacks Against' U.S., Allies

7:15 AM, Mar 10, 2015

Tacked onto the end of the daily press release from U.S. Central Command (Centcom) Monday is a report that coalition aircraft bombed the "Khorasan Group" near Aleppo, Syria.

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Iran Becomes a ‘Front Line’ State

11:01 AM, Mar 05, 2015

When the revolt in Syria began in 2011, many policy analysts and former officials argued that the downfall of the Assad regime would be a major setback to Iran. I was one of them, and the claim was not complicated: Syria was Iran’s only Arab ally, provided its only ports on the Mediterranean, was a land bridge to Hezbollah in Lebanon that allowed Iran an easy means of arming Hezbollah, and via Hezbollah gave Iran a border with Israel. The fall of Assad would deny Iran all these assets and all these possibilities.

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Friend and Foe in Syria

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy.
Mar 02, 2015

Last week, outgoing chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz told an American audience that it’s important the international community defeat both camps of regional extremists. The way Gantz sees it, on one side there are Sunni radicals, like the Islamic State, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate. On the Shiite side are Iran and the Revolutionary Guards expeditionary unit, the Quds Force, as well as Hezbollah and Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militias.

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Hagel: Fight Against Islamic State 'May Require' Ground Troops

'Could Be Necessary'
1:01 PM, Jan 31, 2015

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told CNN that ground troops may be required to fight ISIS. "It could be necessary," Hagel said.

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War of Words: 'The Obama Administration Does Not Want a New AUMF'

5:31 PM, Jan 21, 2015

In last night's State of the Union, President Obama reiterated his call upon Congress to pass a new "AUMF" -- or Authorization for Use of Military Force -- against ISIS, rather than continuing to wage war pursuant to the original 2001 AUMF against al

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400 Troops to Be Deployed to Train Syrian Rebels

8:12 AM, Jan 16, 2015

Gordon Lubold writes, at Defense One, that:

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Pentagon on ISIS Deaths: We Can't 'Count Every Nose That We Schwack'

10:10 AM, Jan 07, 2015

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, when asked Tuesday about the number of Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS) fighters killed in ongoing coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria, gave a rather colorful response: "[W]e don't have the ability to -

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Video: U.S. Bombs Three ISIS Buildings in Syria

7:08 AM, Dec 29, 2014

The U.S. bombed three Islamic State controlled buildings in Syria, according to video recently released by U.S. Central Command. Here's the video, titled "Airstrike against three ISIL buildings, Dec. 21, near Aleppo, Syria":

"A video of an airstrike supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The video depicts impacts occurring Dec. 21 against three ISIL buildings near Aleppo, Syria," says the video's description, as posted on YouTube.

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ISIS Works to 'Excise Women from Public Life'

7:49 AM, Dec 23, 2014

Zeina Karam of AP writes that:

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Rand Just Doesn't Understand

In a recent op-ed, Rand Paul argues for President Obama's foreign policy.
12:50 PM, Dec 20, 2014

Senator Rand Paul has an op-ed in Time magazine making the case for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as Barack Obama has proposed. It’s a reasonable objective for U.S.

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Gitmo 'Poet' Now Recruiting for Islamic State

7:25 AM, Nov 19, 2014

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.”

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1,500 More Troops to Iraq

3:48 PM, Nov 07, 2014

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.

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The Flow of Fighters

11:33 AM, Oct 31, 2014

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

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Ambassador: U.S. 'Warned By Everybody' About ISIS, But 'Did Almost Nothing'

6:23 AM, Oct 29, 2014

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."

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Rand Paul's Contradictory Foreign Policy

1:11 PM, Oct 28, 2014

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.

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Digging In

4:19 PM, Oct 24, 2014

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that:

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Admiral: 'Be Prepared' for Kobani, 'Other Towns and Other Cities to Fall' to ISIL

6:24 AM, Oct 17, 2014

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.

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Is the U.S. Losing in Iraq?

9:02 AM, Oct 14, 2014

Loveday Morris, writing in the Washington Post about developments in Iraq’s Anbar Provence:

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Ramping Up … Before Pulling Out

3:32 PM, Oct 09, 2014

There is a shortage of drones in the theater where the U.S. is engaged against ISIS.  They are needed in another theater of operations, one where we do have troops engaged and are committed to getting them out.

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