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Obama says U.S. Needs to be ‘Judicious’ About Troop use in Syria

By Roberta Rampton FORT LEE, Va., Sept 29 – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he had yet to hear ideas for ending Syria‘s civil war that would not involve huge numbers of U.S. troops, even after bringing critics of his policy into the White House Situation Room. Obama has been under pressure to do

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Op-ed: Lebanon’s Former Foreign Affairs Minister on Fighting Terrorism

Super powers must exert serious efforts to stop terrorists BY Adnan Mansour On September 17, the U.S.-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on the barracks of the Syrian army, killing 62 soldiers and injuring nearly 100. Washington acknowledged the strike in eastern Syria’s Deir Al Zour province, saying it was a “mistake” and

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Kerry’s Ceaseless Diplomacy Faces Sternest Test on Syria

By Lesley Wroughton NEW YORK, Sept 25 – John Kerry had heard enough. After last week’s bombing of a U.N. aid convoy in Syria dealt a death blow to a ceasefire deal in which he had invested all his diplomatic capital with Russia, the U.S. Secretary of State tossed aside a page of notes and

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Battle Rages Near Aleppo, Air Onslaught Continues

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 25  – Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters. Planes also continued to pound residential parts of the town,

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U.S. Watchdog Slams Afghan Anti-corruption Body and Former President

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Sept 22 – An Afghan anti-corruption body formed in 2008 has been ineffective, lacks independence and never verified the asset declaration forms of former President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report published on Thursday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that

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“No Tolerance” for Repeat of Abuses in Upcoming Iraq Campaign

By Yara Bayoumy UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 – The U.S. envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition said on Wednesday there would be “no tolerance” for sectarian torture and other abuses resulting from the planned offensive to recapture the group’s de-facto Iraqi capital of Mosul. Brett McGurk, speaking at a meeting on the sidelines of the annual

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Redefining Whiteness

America’s Arab and South Asian activists are redefining whiteness. More: http://newsweekme.com/beyond-the-pale/ Social Streams

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U.S.-led Coalition Planes Hit Daesh in North Syria

ISTANBUL, Aug 30  – U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit Daesh targets near the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus overnight, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, as forces backed by Ankara pushed deeper into north Syria. Two A-10 planes hit and destroyed two Daesh targets, the military said in a statement, without elaborating. Turkey-backed forces seized Jarablus from

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U.S. Tries to Stop Feuding Allies from Unraveling Syria Strategy

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Aug 30 – The United States scrambled on Monday to get its feuding allies, Turkey and Kurdish YPG militia, to focus their firepower on Daesh instead of each other after clashes that have threatened to unravel America’s war strategy in Syria. Turkey, which has long viewed Kurdish militants as its top security

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U.S. to Meet Target of Admitting 10,000 Syrian Refugees

By Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Aug 29 – The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year a month ahead of schedule and is working with Congress to increase the target by a few thousand in 2017, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th Syrian refugee

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