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Panel: US Missed Chances to Head Off Islamic State

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Stars and Stripes | Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration missed key opportunities over the past six months to beat back the Islamic State assault on Iraq with targeted drone strikes, lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., committee chairman, said he and others in the State Department urged U.S. strikes on the al-... more

Senator: No Arms to Iraq Unless Congress Gets Info

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., left, gestures during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON - A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces. Sen. Bob Menendez is the Foreign Relations Committee chairman. Menendez says he doesn't want more U.S. weapons abandoned by Iraqi forces fleeing insurgents. Menendez expressed frustration at a hearing Thursday. He says C... more

Rebel SAM System Lacked ID Capability

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Associated Press | Jul 20, 2014

LONDON -- If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.   American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from ... more

Lawmakers Still Questioning Afghanistan Drawdown

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Associated Press | Jul 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.   The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, which has been mired in sectarian viol... more

Iranian Commanders on Front Line of Iraq's Fight

In this 2013 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, then chief of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Ghasem Soleimani, attends a meeting of the commanders of the Revolutionary Guard.

Associated Press | Jul 18, 2014

BAGHDAD -- A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say. The star... more

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