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Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Israeli authorities told Fox News that three rockets were fired at southern Israel Wednesday night, two hours before the end of a temporary cease-fire. Two of the rockets hit open land and a third was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. No damage or injuries were reported. The latest 72-hour cease-fire ...

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Excerpted from Israel Hayom: Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said Tuesday that Israel's Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip was ineffective and barely put a dent in Hamas' tunnel infrastructure. Speaking on Hezbollah-run television station Al-Manar, Qassem said, "The Israeli prime minister was proud of destroying more than 30 tunnels, but in Gaza, there ...

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S. officials said, as the United States helps confront radical Islamist militants who threaten Iraqi minorities and the northern Kurdish enclave. Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a decision to send at least 70 ...

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Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Life was just as brutal for the Yazidis—a religious minority persecuted for decades in northern Iraq—under former dictator Saddam Hussein as it is now under the threat from Islamic militants, contradicting recent claims about the former Iraqi government. The plight of the Yazidis attracted international attention in recent days as thousands sought ...

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Excerpted from WEEKLY STANDARD: As the world watches the strengthening of global jihadist movements – from ISIS to al Qaeda to dozens of affiliated and like-minded groups – one of those inside the U.S. government who was most vocal about the growing threats is leaving his position. General Michael Flynn served as head of the ...

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Aug 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Aug 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from BLOOMBERG: Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. Arriving in their Toyota pickup trucks, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and wearing a patchwork of military uniforms, robes and turbans, jubilant militants from the al-Qaeda breakaway group told workers hiding in management ...

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Aug 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from WFB: It was an applause line during almost every campaign address made by President Obama in 2012: “I promised to end the war in Iraq, and I did.” Now, he’s backing off. President Obama ordered a full troop withdrawal from Iraq, which was completed in December 2011. But the country did not stabilize, as was ...

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Excerpted from FOX NEWS: A top Defense Department official acknowledged Monday that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are unlikely to affect Islamic militants’ “overall capabilities” or their operations elsewhere in Iraq and Syria but rebuffed calls to expand the mission. Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described a stay-the-course ...

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Excerpted from TIMES OF ISRAEL: Hamas executed dozens of diggers responsible for its extensive tunnel system in past weeks, fearing the workers would reveal the site locations to Israel, a report on the Mako website’s army blog said. There was no independent confirmation of the report (link here in Hebrew). The tunnelers, many of whom constructed the ...

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Aug 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Excerpted from DAILY BEAST: President Obama’s limited strikes on ISIS in northern Iraq are “pinpricks” that are “meaningless” and “worse than nothing,” according to one of his fiercest foreign policy critics, Sen. John McCain. By committing U.S. military forces to fight again in Iraq while explicitly limiting the mission to protection of American ...

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ISIS mortar teams have been shelling Erbil, where we have a consulate. So, in order to protect our consulate, we twice today struck ISIS troops responsible for that shelling, but we launched absolutely no attacks on the ISIS troops besieging the Yazidis and Christians, particularly the ones trapped on the mountain. Excerpted from NBC NEWS: The ...

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Aug 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

BAGHDAD (AP) — The spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry says hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by militants from the Islamic State group. Kamil Amin says the women are below the age of 35 and some are being held in schools in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. He said ...

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