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U.S. troops entered Syria in failed attempt to free Foley, others

August 21, 2014
Nancy Youssef, Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
Several dozen U.S. special forces troops flew into Syria last month in a bid to rescue several Americans held by the Islamic State, including journalist James Foley, but they pulled out after discovering that the captives had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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Why Washington Should Declare War on ISIS

August 21, 2014
James Kitfield | National Journal
When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it's worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. President Obama should give the senators exactly what they are requesting.
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Obama’s Mission Creep in Iraq

August 19, 2014
Michael Crowley | CNN
In 2003, George W. Bush was too quick to declare that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” In 2014, Barack Obama may be too slow to admit that they are just beginning.
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Unprepared U.S. officials missed Baghdadi’s likely al Qaida connection during 2004 detention

July 10, 2014
Nancy Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
When the U.S. military detained Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in Iraq in 2004, it was too inexperienced at dealing with suspected terrorists to know what kind of threat he potentially posed when it released him just 10 months later, those who worked in the military detention system at that time now concede.
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Bush and Obama at West Point: Bookends of a Foreign Policy Era

July 8, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Two presidents. One stage. A dozen years apart. One was speaking to the West Point graduating class that would be the first to go off to a kind of war this country had never fought before. In that June 1, 2002, commencement address, George W. Bush made the case that in the post 9/11 era, " If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. ... Our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives."
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The drone warfare drawbacks

July 7, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
The drone has become America's counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?
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480 U.S. troops now in Baghdad as officials move to secure access to airport

July 1, 2014
Nancy Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
The United States has deployed 300 more troops to Baghdad in the last two days, with some of them assigned to secure Baghdad’s international airport, the Obama administration announced Monday.
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U.S. intervention in Libya now seen as cautionary tale

June 30, 2014
Christi Parsons, Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times
A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering men and women who pressed in on the startled group "just to touch us and thank us," recalled Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor.
June 27, 2014 Webcast Extra
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Webcast Extra: Changes in Iraq, Obama's Frustration, and Hobby Lobby

June 27, 2014
Hillary Clinton memoir; government shutdown; and ongoing violence in Ukraine.
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