War Articles

New Defense Secretary Supports Transgender Soldiers in Military

7:01 AM, Feb 23, 2015

While answering questions from service members in Kandahar, Afghanistan, newly sworn-in Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter revealed that he is "open-minded" about transgendered individuals serving in the military, adding, "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them." 

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State Dept.: Higher Taxes Prove 'False Myth of 'Utopia' Once Again Revealed as Propaganda'

7:23 AM, Feb 19, 2015

On its much maligned Twitter feed, Think AgainTurn Away, the State Department is denouncing higher taxes -- and even asserting they're evidence a utopian society is a pipe dream.

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Obama: 'No One Profile of a Violent Extremist or Terrorist'

8:32 PM, Feb 18, 2015

In remarks  at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, President Obama warned that one can't profile a terrorist, or predict who will become one. It's not determined by people or any particular faith, the president said.

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'Don’t Authorize Obama’s War'

11:14 AM, Feb 15, 2015

In his most recent weekly column, Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti argues, “

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Podcast: The Most Important Battlefield in the War With ISIS

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:05 PM, Feb 13, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow and frequent contributor Thomas Joscelyn on the fight against ISIS.

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Power: 'Ground Troops Are Necessary' to Defeat ISIS

'You can't do this by air. Everybody acknowledges that.'
8:03 AM, Feb 12, 2015

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, says that "ground troops are necessary" to defeat ISIS. "But," Power insisted this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, "they're not going to be American ground troops."

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Afghanistan: Delaying the Withdrawal

3:31 PM, Feb 11, 2015

Missy Ryan of the Washington Post reports that:

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Boehner: Obama's ISIS War Authorization Doesn't Go Far Enough

12:06 PM, Feb 11, 2015

House speaker John Boehner criticized President Obama's ISIS war authorization, saying that it does not go far enough.

"ISIL is at war with our country and our allies," reads Boehner's statement. "If we are going to defeat this enemy, we need a comprehensive military strategy and a robust authorization, not one that limits our options.

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Text of Obama's ISIS War Authorization

9:12 AM, Feb 11, 2015

Here is the full text of the proposed war authorization bill sent to Congress by President Obama: 


To authorize the limited use of the United States Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


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CENTCOM Clarifies 'Nations Conducting Airstrikes' Against ISIS

10:04 AM, Feb 10, 2015

On February 4, we reported that U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) was continuing to suggest that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was "conducting airstrikes" in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIL) despite an apparent suspension of flights by that country since late December.

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Al Qaeda Uses ISIS to Try to Present Itself as Respectable, Even Moderate

7:36 AM, Feb 09, 2015

In response to the Islamic State’s horrific burning of a pilot, the Jordanian government has released from prison one of the most influential al Qaeda-allied ideologues in the world. Sound strange? It is.

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Williams Told Shot-Down-Helicopter Tall Tale to Letterman in 2013

11:02 PM, Feb 04, 2015

In 2013, NBC newsreader Brian Williams re-told the fake story of how his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. The story, which he passionately retells to David Letterman, begins about the 3 minute mark, with many details that we now know do not reflect reality:

Williams admitted today that indeed his helicopter was not shot down in Iraq. (He was in the follow-on chopper.)

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Brian Williams Admits: I Lied About Being Aboard Helicopter Shot Down By RPG in Iraq

5:17 PM, Feb 04, 2015

Brian Williams admitted today that he lied about being aboard a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG in Iraq in 2003. The NBC News anchor retold the story as recently as last week:

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Pentagon Claims UAE Conducting Airstrikes in Syria Despite Denials

11:33 AM, Feb 04, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspended participation in coalition airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State in December after a Jordanian pilot was shot down and captured, the New York Times reported 

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A Deliberately Grotesque Execution

3:38 PM, Feb 03, 2015

The Islamic State, a self-proclaimed “caliphate” that rules over large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a video showing a Jordanian pilot, Mu’adh al Kasasibah, being burned alive. He is shown standing and praying in the middle of a cage as a fighter sets fire to him. The video is horrific, but not surprising. We should know by now that there is no limit to the group’s brutality.

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Overconfident Obama

2:34 PM, Feb 02, 2015

The headline on this Justin Sink piece in The Hill reads:

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Obama: 99.9% of Muslims Reject Radical Islam

10:45 AM, Feb 02, 2015

President Obama told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that 99.9 percent of Muslims reject radical Islam. He made the comments in response to a question about the White House avoiding using the phrase "Islamic terrorists."

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Scott Walker: 'We Have to Be Prepared to Put Boots On the Ground' to Fight ISIS

'I wouldn't rule out anything.'
10:13 AM, Feb 01, 2015

Scott Walker told ABC that he would not rule out putting "boots on the ground" to fight ISIS:

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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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CNN: 1 of the Taliban 5 Back in the Game

6:10 PM, Jan 29, 2015

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the U.S. military and intelligence community thinks that one member of the so-called Taliban Five “has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar.” Officials aren’t saying which one of the five Taliban leaders, who were held at Guantanamo before being transferred to Qatar last year, has fallen under suspicion. But the U.S. has been monitoring their communications and one of the five has “reached out” to other jihadists. 

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WH Won't Call Taliban a 'Terrorist Group'

2:59 PM, Jan 28, 2015

A White House spokesman refused to call the Taliban a "terrorist group," though he did admit ISIS is a terrorist organization:

The verbal jiujitsu from the White House was its way of arguing that the Bowe Bergdahl swap for members of the Taliban was okay since it didn't involve negotiating with a terrorist group.

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Former U.S. Marine Killed by Islamic State’s Tripoli ‘Province’

1:48 PM, Jan 28, 2015

Two gunmen entered the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli Tuesday morning. When their shooting rampage was over, at least ten people had been killed. For jihadists in Libya, the hotel was an inviting target. Foreign diplomats, Western tourists and officials from Libya’s rival governments are known to frequent it. Indeed, the victims were five foreigners, including an American, and five Libyans.  

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What American Sniper Gets Right

2:12 PM, Jan 27, 2015

American Sniper is easily the most authentic looking and sounding movie that Hollywood has made about American troops at war since Black Hawk Down.

You can tell within minutes of its beginning that the filmmakers cared to get the details right, that their military consultants weren’t the usual Vietnam veterans that the studios often turn to, and that Clint Eastwood and his team actually listened to what their advisers had say.

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Oops: WH Chief of Staff Reveals Name of American Held Hostage By ISIS

10:41 AM, Jan 25, 2015

Denis McDonough appeared to slip up in an interview with ABC when he revealed the previously unknown name on an American being held by ISIS:

Asked the ABC News anchor: "We also have that threat from ISIS. Any hope of saving that second Japanese hostage? And do we have any information on the American woman still being held?"

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Gingrich: Elite In Both Parties 'Unwilling to Tell the Truth'

9:23 PM, Jan 24, 2015

"The United States is losing the war with radical Islamists," Newt Gingrich told a group of conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. 

And while Gingrich skewered President Obama and his foreign policy, he said part of the problem resides with Republicans as well. "We have an elite, frankly in both parties, unwilling to tell the truth."

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ISIS: Counting Down to Murder

2:35 PM, Jan 23, 2015

Japan’s government is running out of time, writes Adam Pasick at Quartz:

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Obama: I'm 'Stopping' Islamic States 'Advance'

8:15 PM, Jan 20, 2015

President Obama won't claim victory of the Islamic State. But in tonight's State of the Union he will say that he (or "American leadership") is "stopping" its "advance."

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ISIS Releases New Video Threatening to Kill Two Japanese Hostages If $200 Million Ransom Isn't Paid

7:36 AM, Jan 20, 2015

ISIS continues waging war according to its own savage rules and no nation, it seems, is immune.  As Jane Onyanga-Omara of USA Today reports:

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Panetta: We're In 'A Much More Dangerous Chapter' Of War On Terror

1:15 PM, Jan 18, 2015

President Obama's former defense secretary and former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, said this morning on CNN that we've entered into "a much more dangerous chapter" of the war on terror:

“I don’t think there’s any question. I think what we’re seeing ... is a much more aggressive chapter and a much more dangerous chapter in terms of the war on terrorism,” Panetta told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

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'Fight Them Over There'

11:36 AM, Jan 16, 2015

Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:

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