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Israel Confirms Iran Stockpiling Ballistic Missiles

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Israel is keeping a “very sharp eye” on Iran’s modernized ballistic missile arsenal and will be “ready to respond” should the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempt to export the new Fateh 313 to Lebanon- or Syria-based proxies, a defense official says. “We assess that Iran has begun to stockpile them,” the official said of the 500-kilometer-range, solid-fueled […]

Defense Secretary Tells Marines They’ll Be Protected from ‘Few Troubled Losers Who Are on the Internet Too Much’

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Asked at a Camp Pendleton event today how servicemembers can be adequately protected, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon has “taken some measures since Chattanooga” and is “going to take some additional ones.” “Well, force protection is Job One for all of us. And that’s not just — not just abroad, but here at […]

Branded Non-Terrorists by U.S., Taliban Murder Mother and Son for Refusing to Feed Fighters

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House stopped calling the Taliban terrorists this year — “The Taliban is an armed insurgency; ISIL is a terrorist group,” said spokesman Eric Schultz — for a couple of reasons. First, they wanted to make the case that they didn’t actually negotiate with terrorists and trade five terrorists for the release of Sgt. […]

‘Disgusting and Foul’: Rep. Duncan Hunter Rips Army Brass for Axing Green Beret (Video)

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Hoping to get the attention of leaders in the Defense Department, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Monday to talk about the decorated Green Beret who is fighting to continue serving his country. The Army is kicking out Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, who has had a sterling 11-year Special Forces career, […]

ISIS Destroys Temple at Syria’s Palmyra (Video)

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

ISIS assured the world last May that they would not destroy the ancient ruins in Palmyra, but according to activists in the region, the jihadi 7th century throwbacks just couldn’t help themselves. Whether it happened, yesterday, or a month ago, the two human rights activists making the claim agree that an ancient temple has been destroyed. Islamic State […]

VIDEO: Veterans Note Iran Behind U.S. Deaths, But We’ll Totally Catch Nuke Deal Violations!

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A think-tank and lobbying organization with Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter on the board of directors is running an ad in support of the Iran deal featuring veterans who say their colleagues suffered at the hands of Tehran’s involvement with Iraq insurgents. The Truman National Security Project is running the spots as a 501(c)(4) […]

Israeli Leaders Unite Across Political Divide Against Iran Deal

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A delegation of congressional Democrats, 22 in total, was flown into Jerusalem this past week by AIPAC and told in no uncertain terms by a bevy of Israeli politicians that a vote in favor of the Iran deal is a vote against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by left-wing Zionist Camp leaders Tzipi […]

Iranian Spokeswoman Openly Mocks Obama’s Pro-Deal PR

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Thursday deplored US President’s recent anti-Iran remarks, saying that Barack Obama does not consider the realities inside Iran. In a recent interview with NPR, Obama had claimed that it is possible Iran starts making different decisions on regional issues and toning down its anti-Israel rhetoric. In reply, Afkham described the […]

UPDATE: Israeli Air Force Wants to Expand, Not Cancel Military Drill with U.S.

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Last week it was reported that Israel would potentially cancel a joint military exercise with the United States in the wake of the potential deal with Iran. The story went viral in the Israeli and Jewish presses. This week the Israeli Air Force is telling a different story: …despite Israeli press reports, the Israeli military wants […]

New York Times Upset that American Airstrikes Hit Human Shields Used by ISIS in Syria

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

“Monitoring groups” are upset. An airstrike by the American-led military coalition in northern Syria this week killed eight civilians, including two women and five children, according to neighbors and relatives of the dead. The episode revived accusations by monitoring groups that the United States and its allies are not careful enough about who is killed […]

Washington Still Inexplicably Sees Taliban as Peace Partner as Alliance with al-Qaeda Renewed

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A leader of remaining U.S. operations in Afghanistan says that improvised explosive device (IED) attacks are up in the country — particularly in the capital Kabul — but stressed that the U.S. still believes the Taliban can “make genuine peace.” Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, the deputy chief of staff for communications for Operation Resolute Support, […]

ISIS Uses Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Islamic State was confirmed to have used chemical weapons against Kurds this week. Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported today that the German military, which is helping train Peshmerga and is supplying the Kurds directly instead of through Baghdad, confirmed the discovery: The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq had asked for international […]

Army Chief Dubs Russia the ‘Most Dangerous’ Military Threat

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Pentagon today that Russia is the “most dangerous” military threat to the United States. “First, they are more mature than some other of our potential adversaries, and I think they have some stated intents that concern me, in terms of how the Cold War […]

Israel Holds Off on Joint Military Exercise with U.S. in Wake of Potential Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IMRA picked up on this release from the Israeli Defense Forces: The relations with the USA continue to be very tense: the editorial board of Israel Defense has learnt that Israel declined far-reaching proposals for Israeli-American defense cooperation in the context of a massive joint training exercise, designated Juniper Cobra 16, scheduled for early 2016. The exercise should include […]

ISIS Abducts Christians to Use as ‘Bargaining Chips’

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Arab media reports: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have abducted hundreds of civilians, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town it captured earlier this week, activists say, a development that has prompted hundreds of Christian families to flee to areas outside the control of the ultra-radical group. Syria-based activists who monitor the group’s activity […]

U.S. Officials Divided Over Whether Al Qaeda or ISIS is Bigger Threat

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Well, that’s comforting. The Obama administration’s top intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement officials are divided over which terrorist group poses the biggest threat to the American homeland, the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and its affiliates. The split reflects a rising concern that the Islamic State poses a more immediate danger because of its unprecedented […]

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Village, Killing 10 Civilians

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Turkish war planes bombed Kurdish village of Zergele in northern Iraq Saturday morning, killing 10 civilians and injuring approximately 18. Turkish jets started bombing the village at 4:00 a.m.  The area is located in the Federal Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The planes were bombing the village as part of an assault on the Medya Defense Zones, […]

North Korea Upgrades Missile Launch Site

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Remember these guys? Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on Wednesday that analysis of the new pictures showed that construction begun in […]

Official: Links Between ISIS and Turkey ‘Undeniable’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Never any good news about these guys. A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s “chief financial officer” produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror […]

McCain Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Iraq Army’s Anti-ISIS Campaign: ‘They Can’t Do It Themselves’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, interrupted colleagues and had a testy exchange with Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. But during the exchange between the committee chairman McCain and Neller, McCain […]

White House: Trump Owes Veterans an Apology

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House today agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for saying Donald Trump should apologize to all veterans for his comments that POWs aren’t automatically war heroes. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump on Saturday Iowa. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured… He’s a […]

White House Dispatches Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep to Sell Iran Deal to Dems

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Not a done deal? The Obama administration on Wednesday kicked off its push for approval of the Iran nuclear deal by dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Congress, where he assured Democrats nothing in the pact would preclude military action if Tehran violated the agreement. “He stated clearly that nothing in the agreement takes the […]

Let the Pro-Tehran, Pro-Obama Bullying of Congress Begin!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned members of Congress yesterday on the Hill that “some may try to intimidate and demonize critics of the agreement by arguing that a vote against this deal is a vote for war.” “I will say, as a former member of Congress, I know how difficult the following weeks will […]

‘Our Military’s Strength Depends on It’: Carter Orders Six-Month Review of Transgender Troops

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Arguing that the future strength of the nation’s military depends on it, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered a six-month review of transgender service members — starting from the assumption that they’re welcome in the armed forces. “Over the last fourteen years of conflict, the Department of Defense has proven itself to be a learning organization. […]

Three Women Make It Through to Next Round of Ranger School

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Three women fighting to serve their country as Army Rangers have made it through to the next phase of training and began the Mountain Phase on Saturday, reports Army Times: A total of 362 men and three women started the two-month Ranger School June 21 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Fifteen of those students did not […]

Army Plan to Cut 40,000 Soldiers Was a Surprise to Congress, Senate Chairman Says

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said members of Congress weren’t notified of the Pentagon’s planned cuts in Army restructuring until they were made public. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he hopped on the phone with Army Secretary John McHugh and, after discussing the cuts in “great detail,” found that 4,350 soldiers will […]

The Dirty Five Dozen: Obama Aware of Paltry Syrian Training Stats When Declaring Progress

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today that President Obama was aware of the low training numbers when he said Monday “we’re starting to see some progress” in the fight against ISIS. Obama, surrounded by generals at the Pentagon, said “we continue to ramp up our training and support of local forces” that […]

Al-Nusra Coalition Decries ‘Great Pain and Suffering’ Caused By Islamic State in English-Language Magazine

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A coalition of jihadist groups led by the al-Qaeda-allied al-Nusra Front issued its first English-language magazine, rivaling ISIS’ media operations while going after the Islamic State. The magazine, Al-Risalah, admits that the groups under the Jaish al-Fath umbrella have some differences, but nothing that they can’t overcome since “the coming together of the Muslims is […]

Obama at Pentagon: ‘Twisted’ ISIS Must Be ‘Discredited’ as ‘Ideologies Are Not Defeated with Guns’

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Flanked by the nation’s top generals, including the leaders of CENTCOM and AFRICOM, as well as the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama acknowledged “we’re going to have to pick up our game” to prevent attacks from ISIS. But, Obama stressed, “we’ll constantly reaffirm through words and […]

Dempsey: Threats ‘Will Have Increasing Implications to the U.S. Homeland’

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Warning of a “difficult future” ahead, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey began the National Military Strategy, released this week, on an ominous note. “Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service. Since the last National Military Strategy was published in 2011, global […]

U.S. blocking Attempts by Arab Allies to Directly Arm the Kurds

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Why in God’s name will Obama not arm the Kurds? Charles Krauthammer asked that question eleven months ago on Fox News and the question remains relevant today. The Obama administration not only refuses to directly arm the most successful anti-ISIS fighting force, they reportedly block attempts by our allies in the Middle East to arm them. […]

ISIS Attacks Liberated Kobane as Accusations Fly About Terrorists’ Turkey Access

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

ISIS fighters have attacked the border city of Kobane, which had been liberated by a Kurdish offensive and supportive coalition airstrikes in January. Reports say there have already been multiple casualties in a village near Kobane, including the slaughter of Syrian Kurdish women and children. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS attacked after […]

Boldly Going Wherever Headlines Are Making Noise, Hillary Tells Retailers to Ban Confederate Flag

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

She’s a brave one. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged all businesses to stop selling products with Confederate flag images, and praised Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other retailers for pulling flag-related items. The businesses stopped selling the products after last week’s racially motivated attack on black worshippers at a church in Charleston. Leaders […]

Kurdish Fighters Closing in on ISIS Stronghold in Syria (Video)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

ISIS is losing ground in Syria thanks to the efforts of Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units aka YPG and coalition airstrikes.  The jihadist group has faced one defeat after another to Kurdish forces since being forced to withdraw from the town of Kobane back in in January. In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, […]

Will the U.S. Stand By Israel After the UN’s War Crimes Accusations?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The government in Jerusalem and Israel advocates in Washington denounced a United Nations report accusing the Jewish state of war crimes, while the White House had a muted “wait-and-see” reaction. “In relation to this latest round of violence, which resulted in an unprecedented number of casualties, the commission was able to gather substantial information pointing […]