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Iranian Hardliners Block Rouhani's Promises of Greater Freedom

quoting Abbas Milanivia Reuters
Thursday, September 25, 2014

After a year in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has achieved a steady thaw in relations with the West but failed so far to deliver on campaign promises of more freedom at home.


Ongoing “Covert” Training of Syrian Rebels: But Is It Still Covert . . . , And, If So, Why?

by Jack Goldsmith, Marty Ledermanvia Lawfare
Monday, September 22, 2014

Last week Congress approved, and the President signed, legislation that authorizes the Secretary of Defense (see section 149) to “provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups and individuals,” for three specified purposes, including “defending the Syrian people from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and securing territory controlled by the Syrian opposition.”

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General Jim Mattis testifies before the House Intelligence Committee

by General Jim Mattisvia C-SPAN
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow General Jim Mattis testifies on the ISIS Terrorist Threat House Intelligence Committee.

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Legendary Marine General James Mattis: To Fight ISIS, 'Boots On The Ground' Needs To Be An Option

featuring General Jim Mattisvia Business Insider
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis will describe the threat posed by militants of the Islamic State as "a combined al Qaeda and Lebanese Hezbollah on steroids" in a hearing for the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning.


Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (10:14)

interview with Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Research Fellow discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

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Avoid a Classic Blunder: Stay Out of Religious Wars in the Middle East

by Elizabeth (Lisa) Cobbs Hoffmanvia Reuters
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.

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Obama’s Sort-of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How can we account for the apparent flip-flopping of the Obama administration about what we are doing, or might do further, to the Islamic State?

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What Israel Won in Gaza and What Diplomacy Must Now Gain

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Markets
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TEL AVIV -- For the time being, people are going about their business. Hamas is not raining rockets down on residents here, daily ear-piercing air-raid warning sirens are not sending everyone running for cover, and the city has returned to its bustling self.

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Fareed's take on ISIS, Kissinger on Ukraine, and the CEO of Uber

interview with Henry A. Kissingervia Fareed's take
Monday, September 15, 2014

Fareed speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the recent developments in Ukraine, how the U.S. should tackle ISIS, and what he thinks about Barack Obama and his administration’s foreign policy.

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Drip, Drip, Drip: US Troops in Iraq Number Over 1600

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Saturday, September 13, 2014

post of August 13, 2014, counted 875 U.S. Security Forces in Iraq.  In early September, another 350 were dispatched to Iraq, followed by an announcement of another 475 at the end of the second week in September.  During the third week of September, total "boots on the ground" will exceed 1,600.