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US, Allies Conduct 35 Air Strikes Against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States and its allies carried out 10 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and 25 strikes in Iraq since Sunday, the US military said on Monday. 11 more words

Flowers on a Headstone

Today is that holiday which used to be called Decoration Day, because people would decorate the graves of the war dead. It was first observed in 1868, as a way of honoring the hundreds of thousands of men who died in the Civil War. 796 more words

On this Memorial Day what the real problem is in Iraq

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“What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter told CNN. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force.

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Ray McGovern: How to Honor Memorial Day

Exclusive: Of all the world’s holidays commemorating wars, Memorial Day should be one of sober reflection on war’s horrible costs, surely not a moment to glorify warfare or lust for more wars. 3,339 more words

Military Madness

The West's Grandiose Delusions About Islam - Middle East Mess Is Not All Barack Obama's Fault

My friend Diana West and talk-show host Sam Sorbo discuss the abject failure of the Iraq war and, beyond that, the folly of trying to impose Western style democracy on Islamic nations. 178 more words

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Memorial Day 2015

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.” — Aaron Kilbourn

Sacrifice is hard to comprehend and even harder to forget.

Our family knows only too well the ultimate sacrifice paid by those brave soldiers who answer the call to fight and defend our country but are killed in action.  155 more words

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Iraqi Troops Need The Will To Fight ISIS

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated that “the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight.”

After the fall of Ramadi to ISIS last week, Defense Secretary Carter said that the lack of will was a major reason for the fall. 291 more words

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