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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.

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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.

... relatively sophisticated nautical craft beneath the waves – we need to understand their capabilities and intent. This volume is a fine start. - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Contrary to what the Internet would have you believe there are ways of thinking about Chris Kyle other than war criminal or hero.

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Work and General Jean-Paul Palomeros on "The Third U.S. Offset Strategy and its Implications for Partners and Allies".

Guys, I feel for the two officers’ sense of frustration – but this growing stream of solutionless exit-route bitterness is becoming too much.

Continue on for the University of Pennsylvania's "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index."

Since 2009, the Pentagon’s civilian workforce has grown by 7 percent and the number of active-duty military personnel has been slashed by 8 percent.

The Foreign Policy Initiative believes that the following excerpts from the hearing will help to inform lawmakers...

Without a clear strategy from the White House and the return of a robust defense budget, the United States is set for failures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Hope is the belief that ideology will prevail. Hope drives motivation or, in the psychologist’s jargon, a “response initiation.”

What is the best war movie you’ve seen?

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Terrorism experts are now seeing growing similarities between Boko Haram and ISIS.

Understanding the nature of violent conflict in the world's most dangerous flashpoints may help find ways to peace and stability, according to a Stanford expert.

A series of recommendations for what the President should say about key issue areas.