ISIS Hostage Videos: Are They Done Outside?

Islamic State extremists have released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all. An expert in these videos said it was more likely completed in an indoor studio with a false backdrop made to appear that... more

100 US Troops Headed to Middle East to ‘Survey’ Rebel Training Sites

In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra sit on a truck full of ammunition at Taftanaz air base, which was captured by the rebels in Idlib province, northern Syria. Citizen photo via AP

WASHINGTON — An advance team of fewer than 100 U.S. troops will arrive in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar in the “coming days” to survey training sites where moderate Syrian rebels will be taught to fight radical groups within Syria, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday. Kirby would not identify which units the contingent be... more

Mosul Strikes are Start of New Effort against ISIS

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets targets in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo: DoD)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An uptick in airstrikes in northern Iraq this past week marks the beginning of a broader effort to disrupt Islamic State supply lines ahead of an expected operation later this year to take back the city from militants, U.S. military officials said Friday. Coalition airstrikes have pounded at least two dozen locations around Mo... more

As He Exits, Hagel Warns of Limits to Military Power

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel waits for junior enlisted military personnel assigned to the National Capital Region to arrive at his office in order to host a lunch and listen and discuss their concerns at the Pentagon, Jan. 20, 2015. Adrian Cadiz/DoD

WASHINGTON -- As he prepares to hand over the reins of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning that military power has its limits and Americans should avoid believing that force alone can transform conflict-riven societies in the Middle East and elsewhere. "It is easy to drift into other missions, and I do believe that you always... more

Missile Launch Officer Dismissed From Air Force for Drug Use


GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A nuclear missile launch officer who pleaded guilty to illegal drug use was dismissed from the Air Force and sentenced to a month of confinement in a Montana jail. The officer, 2nd Lt. Nicole Dalmazzi of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, said she took ecstasy pills five times between January 2013 and Feb... more

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