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The United States' Ambiguous Strategy for Dealing With ISIS

David Oualaalou | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
David Oualaalou

According to the White House, the decision to send additional military advisors represents a new phase of U.S. strategy in dealing with the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). To the contrary, I'll argue that this augmentation in the number of military advisors represents failure and a lack of a clear strategy for dealing with ISIS.

Jerry Brown's California, Barack Obama's America: Starkly Different Democratic Realities

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Looking at the political shards left over from Tuesday's election, shadowed so heavily by President Barack Obama's sharp decline from his strong re-election just two years ago, we see two starkly different realities for Democrats in the nation's largest state and the nation as a whole.

What's Gone Wrong for/with Barack Obama?

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The mid-term election is still days away, but it sure isn't looking good fro President Barack Obama and Democrats. With his job approval rating down precipitously since his strong 2012 re-election performance, Democrats are on the ropes and on the run.

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

End Game Against ISIS Will Require Departure of Assad

Paul Salem | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
Paul Salem

The policies of Syrian President Assad and his regime created the conditions of civil war and state failure on which ISIS has thrived.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...

Sophia Jones

A Syrian Student's Harrowing Journey Smuggled Through Eight Countries In Search Of Asylum

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- On a warm summer day in June last year, 21-year-old Soultan headed to his university campus in Damascus, where his classmates were being r...

3 New Findings On ISIS Weapons That You Should Know About

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

Islamic State militants are wielding arms manufactured in 21 different countries -- including the United States -- according to a new report released ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Syrian Aid Workers Speak Of Help, Harm By U.S. In ISIS Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For a group of volunteer rescue workers trying to protect civilians in the Syrian war, the recent escalation of U.S. involvement in Syri...

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses His Savings To Feed And Care For 150 Abandoned Cats

Posted 10.01.2014 | Good News

Some people never take time off from giving back to others. Alaa, an ambulance driver in Syria, spends his hours on duty tending to the human victi...

Lebanon: The Forgotten Front

James Zogby | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While the world's attention has been focused on the combined efforts of Arab and U.S. forces attacking the Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, there is unfolding in Lebanon, a third front in the war against this violent extremist group. The threat of IS poses an existential challenge that must not be ignored.

Sophia Jones

Turks Held By The Islamic State: 'It Was A Fine Line Between Life and Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

DALAKCI, Turkey -- They waited inside the consulate for days like sitting ducks until the masked invaders of the Islamic State finally came for them. ...

Three Million Children In Syria Are Not In School

AP | Diaa Hadid | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity ...

Sophia Jones

Smuggled Across Turkey's Border, Homeless Syrians Call A Bus Station Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

KILIS, Turkey -- Outside of a Turkish bus station, weary travelers shuffle past a taxi driver shouting “To the fence!” in Arabic, offering rides t...

Bush/Cheney Created Conditions That Led Directly to ISIL

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The War did more than any propagandist could possibly do to radicalize vulnerable young people. And by setting off wave after wave of sectarian slaughter it created blood feuds that will never be forgiven. And now many of the same people who caused this foreign policy disaster have the audacity to criticize President Obama's measured efforts to clean up the mess they created.

What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

Stephen Miles | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Stephen Miles

Instead of going back to war in the Middle East, President Obama should announce alternative, and more effective ways to degrade ISIS. Here are a few suggestions.

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS

David Schanzer | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
David Schanzer

We can't forget that the security interests of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and our NATO allies are threatened by ISIS to a much greater extent than our own. We should insist that they step forward, provide people and resources to the fight, and, most importantly, publicly align with the emerging anti-ISIS coalition.

Assad Urged To Seek Political Solution To Syria Crisis

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

ABU DHABI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged President Bashar al-Assad to seek a political solution to Syria's war, sayin...

Sophia Jones

Why A Pro-Revolution Syrian Schoolteacher Now Supports The Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.09.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- When mass anti-government protests erupted in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo in the spring of 2011, Abu Mohamed, then a 22-year-o...

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

U.S. Considering Taking Fight Against Islamic State Into Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 22 (Reuters) - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militant...

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

Sophia Jones

While The World Watched Gaza Crumble, Syria Had One Of Its Bloodiest Weeks Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Open most U.S. newspapers this week, or click on the main page of news sites, and you’ll likely see headlines detailing the violence in ...

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.