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"With Islamic State on the wane, the West no longer needs Kurdish help—and the Kurds face a historic calamity once again."

"Why did the Army take in the troubled recruit in the first place? He had washed out of the Coast Guard after only three weeks."

Federal prosecutors have placed terrorism charges against the Uzbek immigrant accused of running down eight people with a truck in New York City.

“Turkey is cooperating with al Qaeda to threaten the Kurdish YPG. Erdogan’s intervention in Idlib is setting conditions for a de facto safe haven for jihadists in Syria.”

"Much of that content was aimed at widening divides in American culture, touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

The Islamic State terror group is trying to sell a transnational image, but its future doesn’t lie West of the Middle East, according to analysts.

The government of Afghanistan's territorial control has declined to its lowest level in two years while battling a resurgent Taliban insurgency, a U.S. government watchdog revealed Tuesday.

"The administration said Monday it would contribute an initial $60 million to help five nations in Africa’s Sahel region build a cross-border counterterrorism force."

"At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Monday, chamber leaders said they still don’t see a path forward for a new, bipartisan compromise on the issue."

“Setting out to kill every terrorist is not a strategy. It is the reckless folly of a superpower driven mad by its own insecurities.”

"There isn’t a number system in the world in which three is greater than 73. And yet, in Syria, an alliance of three governments has run circles around an alliance of 73."

"Daesh is now on its back foot. The US-led coalition should seize the opportunity to solidify coalition gains by addressing Raqqa’s post bellum reconstruction and governance."

"Refining makes the drug much easier to smuggle out into the supply lines to the West. And it is vastly increasing the profits for the Taliban."

"Want an intellectually inert U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard? Fine: stifle the free interplay of ideas and views on campus, and within the sea."

"Political obstacles to reaching a consensus on new parameters for a war authorization law look more daunting than ever."

"Masoud Barzani is to step down as president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region just a month after an independence referendum reversed years of political and military gains."

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“Without a common enemy to unite them, U.S. allies in the Mideast return to fighting one another.”

"Syrian and Iraqi forces closing in on the last scraps of Islamic State’s caliphate have already witnessed the jihadists’ likely response."

"Once billed the richest terrorist group, ISIS’ revenue streams are drying up, which may force it to rely more heavily on criminal enterprises and donations."

"Philippine President Duterte and security analysts said the gunmen had planned to set up a Southeast Asian IS base in the southern Philippines."

"The ambush of US troops in Niger has pulled back the veil on Washington’s growing military footprint in Africa and underscored the lack of senior diplomats on the continent."

"The Pentagon’s top general said Thursday that he is 'very frustrated with the drip, drip, drip of information' seeping out in the media."

"Pakistan is seeking "transparent" relations on "equal terms" with the United States and is ready to offer its "full cooperation" in fighting terrorism."

"Though it is rare for U.S. personnel to be encounter combat in Niger, the mission nevertheless comes with its own dangers and hazards."

"Bergdahl’s case has faced politicization from both sides of the aisle. Those speaking the loudest publicly about it have overlooked the consequences that his actions had on his unit....

"The Islamic State is seeking a safe harbor after major losses in Iraq and Syria - and al-Qaeda looks to secure its future by expanding operations."

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that 'too many terrorist organizations' find refuge in Pakistan and reiterated his call for the country to do more."

The conflict against extremist organizations is at an inflection point, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

"The administration has no plans - and anticipates no requests from the DoD - to change the mission of U.S. troops in Niger or the rules under which they operate."