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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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"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.

“The attack on Istanbul’s main airport by ISIS showed that the jihadist group can still strike with devastating effect despite losing ground and fighters in Syria and Iraq.”

Continue on for links to IJ’s special edition "The Post-Operational Level Age of War".

Continue on for links to the Center for Strategic and International Studies report and this morning’s live webcast.

U.S. lawmakers say they want to make sure a program that enables Afghan military interpreters to immigrate to the U.S. continues without interruption.

“ISIS invests a substantial amount of time and effort to cultivate Western recruits via social media. There are several different approaches toward countering online radicalization.”

"The effort to create the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial is gaining strength. The memorial is planned for the northwestern corner of the National Mall."

“There have been several meetings to begin to determine if more troops are needed for the upcoming battle for Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.”

“We have a military plan to defeat the Islamic State but we have yet to articulate a political plan to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability.”

Britain has made a historic decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty.