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"Rebels who have inflicted big losses on Syrian President Assad say Russia's intervention in support of its ally will only lead to an escalation of the war."

"Al-Qaeda’s strategy is better positioned for the long term, though IS’s emergence has placed significant pressures on al-Qaeda’s network."

"Soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them and placing them as the commanders of villages."

"Bergdahl left his outpost in the middle of the night intending to run 20 miles to another base, hoping to tell a commander there about leadership problems in his platoon."

"Attacking the motives of Marine officials was out of line, opening the secretary up to charges that his decisions are being shaped by politics."

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"The refugee crisis roiling Europe presents a win-win opportunity for Islamic State extremists, says international terrorism research consultancy TRAC."

"Europe is only now being forced to take seriously the refugee crisis that’s been roiling the Mideast and North Africa."

"Japan’s Upper House of Parliament passed security measures that ease some restrictions placed upon the military by the country’s post-World War II pacifist constitution."

"The CSIS Federated Defense Project has released a report that examines the potential for a federated defense approach to U.S. action in the Middle East."

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“Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East.”

"A government watchdog agency is concerned that the Pentagon is buying and sending an inordinate amount of weapons and equipment to Afghan Security forces."

"The Massachusetts National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner for the Republic of Kenya as part of the Defense Department’s State Partnership Program."

"The tiny number of fighters are part of the New Syrian Force, the byproduct of a $500-million-dollar train and equip program."

Millions of Central Americans live outside their countries, with 80 percent living in the US, according to research into the connections between food insecurity, violence, and migration.

"Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has heard one too many times that his service doesn't care about close-air support missions."

“The disturbing reports of homemade mustard gas being used by so-called Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, while shocking, should come as no surprise.”

"A group of analysts have provided investigators with documents they say show senior military officers manipulated the conclusions of reports on the war against the IS."

“After fourteen years of being immersed in the bloody wars of our era, C.J. Chivers came home.”

"There should be concern that ISIS has become so well armed, experts warn."

"The Marine Corps named this demonstration 'Operational Test One,' but it turns out it wasn’t actually an operational test."

"Our secretary of the Navy completely rolled the Marine Corps and the entire staff that was involved in putting this [experiment] in place under the bus."

“The advisers-only strategy proposed today by many in Washington won't cut it unless they have U.S. ground troops to back them up.”

"The special U.S. envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, retired Marine General John Allen, said “remarkable progress” has been made against the Islamic State."

“Predictions of the imminent, or even medium term fall of Damascus are wrong.”

"Championed by human rights advocates and condemned by critics who say it amounts to selling out old allies, the move speaks to an ever-complicated relationship."

"The top U.S. general says the Syrian refugee crisis likely will galvanize more European action to help end that nation’s bloody struggle."

"Is Russia exporting hybrid warfare and frozen conflicts to the Middle East?"

"Observers suggest that the Air Force may be hoping to avoid unwarranted attention on the A-10, which they have repeatedly sought to divest."