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Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don't seem to measure up

Monday, August 25, 2014

A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won't be enough to win.

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ISIS & America's Need to Step Up

Monday, August 25, 2014

The longest continuously-serving American official in Iraq reflects on the country’s tumultuous future.  

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After he criticized the Gaza-Israel war, a young Israeli and his girlfriend face isolation

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the midst of the ongoing and divisive war in Gaza, some Israelis have made their anti-war sentiments known. Sometimes, though, that's easier said than done. A left-leaning couple in Jerusalem shares their story of ostracization after vocalizing their anti-war opinions.

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ISIS Presents New Fear For Iraq's Christians

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For Assyrian Christians, the brutal victories of ISIS forces are just the latest bloody chapter in a story that spans centuries of slaughter, ethnic cleansing, and suppression.

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Algerian artists are 'exposing the scars' of the country's recent civil war

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not too long ago, Algeria fought a traumatizing civil war between the country's military and Islamist militias, now commonly called the "Black Decade." Today, a younger generation of Algerians is trying to reconcile the country's trauma through art, but the government has a policy of overlooking it.

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Can the U.S. Partner With a Terrorist Group?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK, is officially considered a terrorist group by the U.S. But now, it's playing a growing role in the fight against ISIS.

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Kurds in Irbil try to maintain normal lives with ISIS close by

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As ISIS forces closed in on the de facto Kurdish capital, residents of the city tried to keep their daily lives going. Now, after an American intervention, the future looks more secure, though some Kurds fear that the aid may carry a heavy price for them.

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Few in Ukraine are buying that Russia is sending a 'humanitarian' convoy to their country

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There's a convoy of 280 military trucks heading form Russia to eastern Ukraine. Is it carrying humanitarian aid, or maybe a Russian invasion force? No one in Ukraine knows, but they wouldn't be shocked either way.

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Moscow has a long history of making interesting excuses for its military interventions

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.

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ISIS is moving to the 'top of the list' of counterterrorism worries

Monday, August 11, 2014

Move over, al-Qaeda: The militants of ISIS are becoming a huge concern for counterterrorism officials as they gain battlefield experience and recruit new jihadis from as far away as Europe and the United States.

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Fighting has stopped again in Gaza, but nearby Israeli towns are still deserted

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southern Israeli communities like Kibbutz Nahal Oz are still recommending that their residents stay away despite a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, leaving residents conflicted about what to do.

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New Lives and A Land Torn Apart

Monday, August 11, 2014

An American immigrant in Israel explains why she made the decision to move and why she’s confident in the country’s future. One Arab-Israeli writer had long-embraced his role as someone who could connect and unite two cultures. But the recent violence has become too much for him—and he’s finally left Israel. 

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Six months later, no one knows exactly who died in an American drone strike in Yemen

Friday, August 08, 2014

On December 12, 2013, a drone strike killed a group of twelve men in Yemen. But beyond the number of the dead — and the compensation paid to the victims' families — almost everything else about the attack remains murky.

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The situation in Iraq is 'a humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, an Iraqi minority group are stuck in the mountains of Northern Iraq where they fled from ISIS. They have little food, water and no way out.

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General's Death Reveals Complications of War

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The addition of Major General Harold Greene to the casualty list in Afghanistan yesterday is a nasty blow for U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan and trying to secure the country after years of war.

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How do you even talk about peace in Gaza when both sides are digging in?

Monday, August 04, 2014

One blogger is finding it hopeless to write about Israel's operation in Gaza. But his blog is about writing about Israel. So he finally took a swing at it, while trying not to descend into an angry screed.

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The battle against ISIS leads to odd alliances in Iraq

Monday, August 04, 2014

Iraq's prime minister is putting aside his differences with Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq as both groups fight militants from ISIS. The United States is also finding an unusual ally in Iran as both countries try to shore up the government in Baghdad.

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Remembering the Vietnam War's 'Lost 74'

Monday, August 04, 2014

In June 1969 during the Vietnam War, an Australian aircraft carrier collided with an American ship in the South China Sea. There were 200 lost that day, including 74 U.S. sailors. But these 74 names have not been included on the Vietnam Memorial.

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'Criminal' Acts & the Laws of War

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ratified in 1949, the Geneva Conventions laid out a code of conduct for war. Given the current conflicts in the Middle East, where does the world actually stand on the Geneva Conventions?

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Why young Japanese are joining a new wave of protests

Monday, August 04, 2014

Japan's protest movement has been mostly dormant for decades. But a move by the prime minister to change the constitution is getting people out on the streets.

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