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In a landmark ruling, the U.N. arbitration court is dismissing China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying it has "no historic title" to the vast maritime region.

"The Islamic State’s attacks prove that, despite its recent losses, it remains strong and capable of executing its global strategy to undermine modern states."

"Even after two months in the role, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada remains something of a mystery to the Taliban rank and file, according to analysts and insurgent commanders."

The United States will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq to help shape the fight to retake Mosul from IS, following the recent seizure of a key airbase near the city by Iraqi forces.

“Obama’s 2013 directive on security assistance seeks to ensure that the billions of aid dollars the United States provides to allied nations each year are used more effectively.”

Continue on for a link to the communiqué issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Warsaw 8-9 July 2016.

"President Obama, who had pledged to end America’s wars, described the landscape he was leaving to his successor as a state of quasi-war that could extend for years to come."

Close your eyes.  Relax.  Imagine with the deeply stored memories of your mind…

"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.”

Continue on for Ft. Bragg and Major League Baseball…

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.