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Pentagon: Number of ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Syria Declining

Desperate to claim some “progress” in the ongoing ISIS war, US defense officials are claiming that their assessment on the size of the ISIS force between Iraq and Syria has declined, and that the best estimates are now between 19,000 and 25,000 fighters.

UN Declares Syria Talks ‘Paused,’ But Both Sides Argue They Never...

by Jason Ditz UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura today declared a “pause” of the Geneva-based Syrian peace talks, saying both sides need to do...

16 Killed as ISIS, al-Qaeda Fight Along Lebanon-Syria Border

Heavy fighting has erupted in northeastern Lebanon over the weekend between the major Islamist factions in the Syrian Civil War, ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, who fought on the outskirts of the town of Arsal, which is housing tens of thousands of refugees.

Pentagon Seeks ‘Hundreds More’ US Troops in Iraq and Syria

Last week, Pentagon officials were talking up a few hundred additional “trainers” for the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria. This appears to have just been the start, as reports now suggest that over the last several weeks, the Pentagon has sought another 800 US troops for the war.

UN Report Finds ‘Systematic’ Saudi Targeting of Yemeni Civilians

A leaked report by a UN panel of experts is calling for a formal inquiry into Saudi human rights abuses, saying the nation is “deliberately starving” Yemeni civilians in its war, and targeting civilians in airstrikes in a “widespread and systematic manner.”

Biden: US Ready to Impose Military Solution in Syria

Speaking at a news conference today in Turkey, Vice President Joe Biden sought to downplay the remote chances of any sort of political settlement coming out of this week’s planned Geneva peace talks, saying the US and Turkey are fully prepared to bypass the process and impose a “military solution” on Syria.

Pentagon: New Mosul Strike Destroyed More Cash, Killed ‘Acceptable’ Number of...

by Jason Ditz Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren has confirmed that on Monday, the US launched its second attack on an ISIS “cash collection point”...

Iran: Aggravating New US Sanctions ‘Illegitimate’

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today condemning the US for following up its Saturday removal of nuclear sanctions against Iran with the imposition of a new round of sanctions on Sunday, saying the move was “aggravating and propagandistic.”

ISIS Claims Credit for ‘Paris-Style’ Jakarta Attack

by Jason Ditz Yesterday’s attack in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta has been claimed by ISIS, with the attackers apparently having links both to...

Syrian Troops, Hezbollah Retake Latakia Town

Syrian military forces, backed by Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russian airstrikes, have retaken the Latakia Province town of Salma, along with strategically important hillsides around the town’s outskirts.

10 Tourists Killed in ISIS Suicide Bombing in Istanbul

A suspected ISIS suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul, Turkey today, killing 10 people, all tourists, and wounding 15 others. The slain were identified as nine Germans and one Peruvian.

Four Killed as Saudi Strike Kills Yemen Doctors Without Borders Hospital

A new statement from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported a Saudi rocket strike, likely an airstrike, hit one of their hospitals in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, killing four people and wounding 10 others, including three MSF staff members.

Pentagon Desperate to Avoid Calling Afghan Fight ‘Combat’

by Jason Ditz On Tuesday, US special forces accompanying Afghan troops engaged in a protracted firefight with Taliban forces in the Helmand Province. One of...

Saudis Escalate Airstrikes Against Yemen Amid Growing Tensions

by Jason Ditz Though it’s unclear if the timing is more a function of regional sectarian tension or of the Saudis canceling the mostly ineffective...

16 Killed as ISIS Bombs Restaurants in Syria’s Kurdish Northeast

by Jason Ditz Three different bombing attacks, at least one involving a suicide bomber, were carried out today against restaurants in the Hasakeh Province city...

Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 32 in Syria’s Homs

by Jason Ditz A pair of car bombings shook the Syrian city of Homs today, killing at least 32 people and wounding 90 others. Reports...

Pentagon Seeks ‘New Narrative’ on ISIS War

by Jason Ditz According to Pentagon officials, they are feverishly at work on a “new narrative” for public discussion about the ongoing war against ISIS,...

Officials: Pentagon Reduces Oversight on Drones

by Jason Ditz For years, US drone strikes were the exclusive purview of the CIA, putting them in the realm of extrajudicial assassinations, and the...

At Least 12 Civilians Killed in US Coalition Airstrikes on Mosul

by Jason Ditz Coalition airstrikes against the major ISIS-held Iraqi city of Mosul leveled homes in a residential neighborhood today, killing at least 20 people,...

Protests Grow as Turkey Kills 110 Kurds in Six-Day Offensive

by Jason Ditz Protests erupted in Istanbul and Diyarbakir today as Turkey continued its military offensive against Kurdish towns in the nation’s southeast, with security...

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