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Hamas Tunnel Threat At Center of War With Israel

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers enter a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat ... more

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

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