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Mullah Omar's Death: Taliban's Loss, Islamic State's Gain

Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in their northern Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. AP/Raqqa Media Center

Mullah Omar's death poses an existential crisis for the Afghan Taliban, analysts say, potentially presaging a splintering of the movement as the Islamic State group gains a toehold among insurgents enthralled by its battlefield prowess. The group has suffered a string of recent defections to IS, with some insurgents voicing disaffection with th... more

US Intelligence: ISIS is No Weaker than a Year Ago Despite Bombing

Smoke and flames rise from an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq's collapse and put the Islamic State under increa... more

Admiral Says Carrier Gap in Persian Gulf Hinders War Effort

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 10, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Stephens)

WASHINGTON -- A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration's nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence -- the first sin... more

Marines Held Up in Vienna en Route to Ukraine

U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in Cultural Day at the Novo Selo Training Range in Bulgaria March 28, 2014, during Saber Guardian 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brooks Fletcher/Released)

Nine U.S. Marines en route to Ukraine for a training exercise were held up in Vienna for questioning last week because their weapons had not been properly declared, an Austrian newspaper reported. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Westover, a EUCOM spokesperson, said the Marines were traveling by commercial air from Alaska to Ukraine to participate... more

Air Force Must be More Agile, General Says

KC-46A "Pegasus"

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- The Air Force will likely have fewer aircraft and less money in the future and will rely on a technological edge and "cross-domain solutions" in air, space and cyberspace to face demands in global hot spots, a top-ranking Wright-Patterson four-star general said Thursday. In an interview with this newspaper, Ai... more

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