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President Obama Once Again Ratchets Up the Rhetoric Against ISIS

In a joint press conference held Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande, President Obama adopted the kind of bellicose language he mocked just a week before. It was the latest shift in a long series of reappraisals by the President which began nearly two years ago when he referred to ISIS as the “JV team.”

Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Military Claims Not to Have Known Downed Jet Was Russian

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended Turkey’s defense of its airspace Tuesday evening after Ankara fighter jets shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane earlier in the day, with the Turkish leader claiming that the military was unable to identify the jet that was violating the country’s sovereignty.

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Terrorism Deaths Quadruple Under Obama

The worldwide number of annual terrorist deaths has more than quadrupled since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009. Deaths from terrorism increased 80 percent last year to an all-time-record of 32,658 people killed, compared to 18,111 in 2013.


U.S. Military on Turkish Plane Attack: Russia ‘Sloppy,’ ‘Reckless’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military accused Russia of carrying out “sloppy,” “reckless,” “irresponsible,” “imprecise,” and “frankly uncaring” operations in Syria on the heels of Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying the aircraft had repeatedly violated its air space.

Islamic State

Amid Russia Row, Turkey Destroys 13 PKK Border Shelters

Before an international incident that involved Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter jet Tuesday morning, which purportedly violated Turkish airspace several times, Ankara’s forces were also engaged in attacks against Kurdish revolutionary forces in the southeast of the country.

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Is Islamic State Cornering China into a Military Role in the Middle East?

Having involved most Middle Eastern nations, Russia, and the United States in its apocalyptic war in Syria, the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) appears determined to force China to establish a presence in the region, also, threatening the Asian nation in a new video and boasting of the murder of a Chinese citizen last week.