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Yes, they would follow me. I also received affirmation to a more sinister question: Yes, I could kill.

We should not fool ourselves into thinking that after viewing, we understand.  It’s only a movie.

The world is awash in change. The international order, so painstakingly put together by the greatest generation coming home from mankind’s bloodiest conflict, is under increasing stress.

Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the US, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the IS.

General H.R. McMaster has been making the rounds lately, emphasizing the enduring difficulty of war and the fallacy of technological fixes.

Why the failure of the Afghan Surge doesn’t make counterinsurgency theory wrong.

A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world.

Calling the Islamic State “hardly invincible,” new Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter gave his blessing Monday to the US-led strategy.

Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it.

ISIS is not al Qaeda. It is not an outgrowth or a part of the older radical Islamist organization, nor does it represent the next phase in its evolution.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's message to DOD personnel.

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths.

The White House this week hosts a summit on countering violent extremism, coincidentally just days after murderous attacks with multiple victims.

Since ISIS has become prominent for a variety of issues - all bad, there has been a steady drumbeat for US boots on the ground to resolve the problems.

So why do the United States and its allies take pretty much the same approach to all?

The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya.

Sharing the love....

The Obama administration and its strongest opponents in Congress may not have much in common, but one thing they do share is the constant misuse of the word “strategy.”

Stars & Stripes Special Report.

Derived from the location of where the armored vehicles were found, it is believed that they belong to a faction of the Cartel del Golfo. (In Spanish and English)

The Taliban in this northern province allows girls to attend school. It doesn’t execute soldiers or police. Its fighters are not Pashtun...

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Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging.

Finally, a welcome development in the wild e-west.

Attempting to take back the city of Mosul, the country’s ­second-largest, as well as Tikrit and Fallujah, will test not only the fighting power of Iraqi forces...

President Obama is set to present his plan to deal with foreign policy concerns, ranging from the Islamic State to the rise of China, in a report to lawmakers.

At a confirmation for Ashton B. Carter, the nominee for defense secretary, Republicans repeatedly bemoaned what they called the lack of a coherent policy.

The group that calls itself the IS is reportedly expanding its reach. But it may start losing its appeal to potential recruits through actions that expose its extreme brutality.

"Any man I see out there, I'm gonna kill him. Any son of a bitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only going to kill him, I'm going to kill his wife and all his friends..."

Recruiting an experienced hand at a critical moment will reassure those who seek continuity from the Administration’s policy.