5:19 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that:
Since the Syrian civil war began in the spring of 2011, the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other allied jihadist groups have operated more than 30 training camps inside Iraq and Syria. While global jihadist groups have primarily used camps to indoctrinate and train fighters for local insurgencies as part of the effort to establish a global caliphate, in the past al Qaeda has used its camps to support attacks against the West.
US officials clearly view the camps in Iraq and Syria as a direct threat to US national security. US and allied countries have targeted this network of training camps in Iraq and Syria in air and cruise missile strikes.
The enemy assumes a state of war that will last for … who knows? Until they win, according to their view of how history will unfold. Or until we destroy them utterly, as it seems increasingly clear we must. Military planners are now saying that:
U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back
This, according to "a senior U.S. military official” quoted by Jim Michaels in USA Today.
Meanwhile, the fight for Kobani – which the New York Times says “must be saved” – goes on. The issue there remains in doubt but however it goes, those training camps will still be turning out new fighters while the Iraqis are working to rebuild their army and the fighting in Syria continues.
7:24 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Rear Admiral John Kirby appeared at a joint press briefing with spokesperson Jen Psaki at the State Department Thursday and addressed the ongoing airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.
4:32 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There is a shortage of drones in the theater where the U.S. is engaged against ISIS. They are needed in another theater of operations, one where we do have troops engaged and are committed to getting them out.
11:55 AM, Oct 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The U.S. is running up against a shortage of surveillance drones to conduct reconnaissance of the various battlefields where it is engaged. Right now, the theater where its combat troops are directly engaged is getting priority … as it most certainly should be.
1:02 PM, Oct 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The boss talked today on MSNBC's Morning Joe about the strategy to take out ISIS:
8:03 PM, Oct 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, said tonight that Americans fighting for the Islamic State in Syria are "entitled to come back" because they hold American citizenship:
Comey estimated that a dozen Americans are fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. And he believes he knows
"How many Americans are fighting in Syria on the side of the terrorists?" asked 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley.
1:35 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley opposed funding any American military operations in Iraq this year—before he supported them. The three-term House member, who is running for Iowa's open Senate seat in one of the year's hottest races, touted his support for military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in a recent debate.
“I recently had the opportunity to vote to give the president limited authority to begin strikes against terrorists in Iraq and Syria," Braley said during the debate with his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst.
1:42 PM, Sep 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
There is likely much gnashing of teeth in the intelligence community today in the wake of Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes last night.
The threat remains—and spreads.Oct 6, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 04 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
On Tuesday, September 23, the U.S. government announced that a new bombing campaign was under way in Syria. The Obama administration had been building the case for airstrikes for weeks. The president and his surrogates repeatedly highlighted the threat posed by the Islamic State (often called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), which has captured large swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria.
8:01 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
America is “at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends,” said Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon. In a speech at St. Anselm College near Manchester, Brown described the chaos that’s broken out across the world over the last year or so. Unrest in Ukraine with an aggressive and assertive Russia. Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons threatening America’s ally of Israel.