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"We propose a strategy that applies a consistent, long-term approach to Iraq and Syria, based on four interlocking effort."

"The US needs a far more serious review of its strategy in Afghanistan. It needs one that stops focusing on deadlines and total troop levels."

Continue on for the definition under current US law.

It is being called the most critical NATO summit since the end of the Cold War.

Sean Lavelle, a U.S. Navy Officer, says “The U.S.-European alliance would benefit from specialization”.

Military setbacks in Iraq and Syria are having little impact on the Islamic State terror group’s ability to gain ground in cyberspace.

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction review of location data and operating conditions of USAID-funded health facilities.

“There is no desire to end the war in Afghanistan. There is a desire to… make it a problem for the next administration,” one defense official tells The Daily Beast.

Read President Obama's statement of the US troop level in Afghanistan through 2016.

Continue on for a Voice of America summary and additional news links.

Americans retain an obligation to care about Iraqis after the government US citizens elected in 2000 overthrew Iraqi leadership 3 years later and failed to establish security.

United Nations data from June showed 236 of the 382 civilians killed in Iraq last month died in Baghdad.  Those numbers will go up in July.

“This July 4, Cadet Tom Surdyke was laid to rest alongside his brothers in the long gray line.”

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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription by The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Iraqi officials said Monday at least 142 have died from Sunday's suicide truck bombing in the country's capital.

Is ISIS expanding its territory into Bangladesh? National Public Radio's Rachel Martin talks to Georgetown University's Bruce Hoffman.

"Saudi Arabia has recklessly financed and promoted a harsh and intolerant Wahhabi version of Islam around the world in a way that is producing terrorists."

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Continue on for a link to H-War, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online.

"The news is shocking in part because the United States has long considered Jordan one of its closest allies in the region."

White House Fact Sheet on the Executive Order on the US policy on pre & post-strike measures to address civilian casualties.

Continue on for an overview and a link to the full CNAS Game of Drones report.

"The first day of the battle produced a frenzy of bloodletting. Unaware that its artillery had failed to obliterate the German dugouts, the British Army rushed to slaughter."

"This change was not precipitated by military needs but by political correctness."

The detention of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was “wholly preventable," according to the commander of naval forces in the Middle East.

"For Islamic State, this city was unlike any other: the birthplace of its movement and the first urban center it seized in a blitz that began the occupation of a third of Iraq."

Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of those American patriots who have served in our military and those that serve today, we are able to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Riding high on Iraq’s victory over Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confidently said the northwest city of Mosul would be next.

It is likelier that Turkey will now strategically prioritize the ISIS security threat, giving it equal weight to both Kurdish terrorism and the dangers posed by Syria’s Assad.