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By western standards, making unnecessary enemies is bad strategy; by jihadist standards, it makes perfect sense.

"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are no longer on the run in the Middle East and represent an increasingly serious threat to the United States."

"President Obama's speech Sunday on confronting the threat of terrorism was met by analysts and lawmakers with questions of what is new about his strategy."

"President Obama said Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase."

"The White House maintains that its strategy is comprehensive, and that it’s working."

What may be most disturbing is not that Mr. Obama was wrong, but that apparently he was right.

"The question of how and why a suburban couple with a new baby decided to become mass murderers — is the subject of a frantic global terrorism investigation."

“Chilling terror danger seen from extremist sympathizers who, unnoticed by authorities, amass deadly arsenals to attack anywhere in U.S.”

"The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken will be joining the team as its new President and Chief Executive Officer."

Fear of Islamic State terror attacks on American and European soil has pushed the U.S., Britain and Germany to expand and intensify their military actions and airstrikes against the extremists.

Suspect in the mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernadino apparently pledged allegiance to a leader of Islamic State militant group, government sources said.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.

Continue on for the statement, video and written.

"Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Thursday announced that the Pentagon will open all combat jobs to women."

More needs to be done to attack the Islamic State group where it has a sizable foothold: online.

Their average age is 26. Eighty-six percent are male. Most use Twitter and other social media to find and spread propaganda. But other than that, there are frustratingly few traits in common.

“As we consider the future of irregular warfare, we must fundamentally rethink our approach to the historical case studies that have stood at the center of American COIN since 2007.”

Lebanese Blogger Karl Sharro explains the chaos in the Middle East in one (long) sentence via The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor.

"The State Department is considering scaling back its direct involvement in online campaigns to discredit the Islamic State."

"Discussions of an emerging practice of 'gray zone' conflict have become increasingly common, but the concept remains ill-defined and poorly understood."

“The special ops forces that got Bin Laden, Saddam, and Zarqawi are finally being sent by the dozens to go after the Islamic State’s leaders. Can these troops turn the tide?”

Conference background and topic summary.

"Teams of U.S. special operators could be in place within weeks, aiming to strike at the brain trust and nervous system of the Islamic State."

“One, you accept that you are in a war. Two, you name the enemy… Three, you get the lawyers off the battlefield…” What say you?

1st Lieutenant says he was passed over because he had spent two years studying at Oxford instead of holding standard military jobs expected of junior officers during that period of their careers.

"We are using the might of the finest fighting force the world has ever known. Tens of thousands of U.S. personnel are operating in the broader Middle East region, and more are on the way....

“The Pentagon will consider deploying more special operations troops to fight Islamic State militants if its pilot project in Syria shows signs of progress.”

“According to a new, first-of-its-kind study, rapid air evacuation has the potential to cause more damage to those patients suffering from traumatic brain injury.”

“The Pentagon's deadly snafus have one thing in common.”

“To Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, the Gray Zone is a familiar place of ambiguity.”