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Pentagon, not CIA, Will Run “Train and Equip” Program for Syrian Opposition

Pentagon, not CIA, Will Run “Train and Equip” Program for Syrian Opposition

The Pentagon has won a crucial battle inside the Obama Administration to assume control over the entire “train and equip” program in Iraq and Syria, which has increasingly become critical for the successful defeat of the Islamic State (ISIL).    ...

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ISIL Shows Signs of Loss of Momentum in Syria

ISIL Shows Signs of Loss of Momentum in Syria

IMAGE: LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS The backlash to the scenes of burning the Jordanian pilot alive and of the defeat of ISIL forces in Kobani is being felt on the ground in Syria. ISIL fighters, still as lethal and brutal as ...

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Will Baghdad’s Parliament Pass the National Guard Legislation?

Will Baghdad’s Parliament Pass the National Guard Legislation?

In a confirmation of the positive direction of the fight against ISIL in Iraq, the Iraqi government approved early February the National Guard Legislation which could prove a turning point if passed by the Parliament. The legislation could remove one ...

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ISIL’s Execution Backfires Big Time

ISIL’s Execution Backfires Big Time

When Islamic State (ISIL) militants executed Jordanian fighter pilot Lt. Moath Al-Kasasbeh, by burning him in a cage and posting the video on the internet, they committed a violation of Islamic law as practiced by an overwhelming majority of Muslims.  ...

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