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Canada's PM Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

Canada To End Bombing Missions In Iraq And Syria

Trudeau: “We were guided by our desire to do what we could do best to help in the region and to do it in the right way.”

February 8, 2016
U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

US To Urge Partners To Do More To Fight Islamic State Amid Complaints From Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been the most vocal, complaining recently that some allies are “not doing enough or doing nothing at all.”

February 2, 2016
People gather at the site of car bomb in New Baghdad

At Least 48 Killed In Attacks In Iraqi Capital, Eastern Town

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others.

January 11, 2016
A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi

Capture Of Ramadi Complex Could Mark Strategic Victory Over Islamic State, But Will It Hold?

Anti-terrorism troops hoisted the national flag atop the key complex in the long-contested Sunni Muslim city west of Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraqi joint operations spokesman, said in a televised statement.

December 30, 2015
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Cartoon: Boots On The Ground

“Ever get homesick?”

December 29, 2015
Vehicles of Iraqi security forces are seen as they advance towards the center of Ramadi city, Iraq

Iraqi Forces Consolidate Position In Ramadi Ahead Of Final Push Against Islamic State

Iraqi troops who have fought their way deep into the Islamic State stronghold of Ramadi were consolidating their positions on Friday ahead of a planned final assault to capture the city.

December 25, 2015
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Iraq PM Says Would Consider Foreign Troop Deployment “Act Of Aggression”

Abadi’s statement comes after U.S. Army colonel said new force of around 100 special operations troops would be deployed to assist fight against ISIS.

December 3, 2015
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Presidential Candidate Bush Wants Increased U.S. Presence On Ground In Iraq

Bush was vague on how many ground troops the United States should contribute to an international coalition that he says he would build if elected president.

November 18, 2015
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris Terror: Why ISIS Needs The ‘Useful Idiots’ Who Demonize Muslims

Every imbecile who threatens Muslims is an unwitting agent of ISIS; in fact, it would be unsurprising to learn that ISIS itself is covertly promoting such messages in order to intensify enmity between the peoples of the Quran and the rest of the world.

November 16, 2015
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Iraqi Politician Ahmed Chalabi Who Pushed Bush To Invade Iraq Dies

Once viewed in Washington as its preferred future Iraqi leader, he lost favor among his American benefactors amid accusations that he had passed information to arch-foe Iran.

November 3, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Trump talks with fellow candidate Bush during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Times George W. Bush Didn’t Keep Us Safe

If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.

October 19, 2015
Migrants storm into a train at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3, 2015 as Hungarian police withdrew from the gates after two days of blocking their entry.      REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Migrants Scuffle With Hungary Police; Dead Toddler’s Image Shocks Europe

Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the 1990s has strained the European Union’s asylum system to the breaking point.

September 3, 2015
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Islamic State Doesn’t Destroy All Antiquities — It Saves Some To Sell On The Black Market

The Sunni Muslim extremists’ appetite for destruction of priceless historical sites and artifacts may be checked, however — by their hunger for the lucrative spoils of the black-market antiquities trade.

August 24, 2015
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Cartoon: Jeb Bush Visits The Subject Of Iraq

“Where are we?”

August 16, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake

Clinton Hits Back At Jeb Bush On Iraq And Islamic State

Hillary Clinton on Saturday hit back at comments from Jeb Bush that President Obama’s policies on Iraq created instability that led to the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

August 15, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Revisionist History Alert!’

Larry Wilmore looked at Jeb Bush’s recent speech on Iraq — in which he blamed Hillary Clinton and President Obama for the problems there.

August 14, 2015
Residents gather at the site of a truck bomb attack at a crowded market in Baghdad

Islamic State Claims Huge Truck Bomb Attack In Baghdad’s Sadr City

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

August 13, 2015
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Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, And Ignoring The Past

At least we’d know what to expect from them. That’s the cheeriest way to cast the latest in presidential dynasty news.

August 13, 2015
2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the first candidate on stage before the start of the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Wager

Bush’s attack on Clinton and Obama for their “blind haste” to get out of Iraq played well with the GOP voters — but it might haunt him later.

August 13, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Bush speaks to attendees at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta

Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton — On Iraq

A presidential candidate named Bush is attacking the opposition for messing up Iraq — yes, really.

August 11, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Vs. Bill Cosby’s Public Relations

Larry Wilmore examined the news story telling Bill Cosby’s strategy to fight the rape scandal in the court of public opinion — such as his lawyer arguing that Cosby’s court deposition should never have been revealed.

July 28, 2015
U.S. Defense Secretary Carter pauses on tarmac as he boards his plane en route to Tel Aviv in Andrews Air Force Base

U.S. Aims To Shift Israel Focus To Security Ties After Iran Deal

Ash Carter: “I’m not going to change anybody’s mind in Israel. That’s not the purpose of my trip.”

July 19, 2015
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Obama’s Best Iran Role Model Is The First President Bush

As he seeks support for the new international deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Obama is seeking comparisons with Reagan and Nixon.

July 16, 2015
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Iran Deal: Why Would We Heed The Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015
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