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Klein: Trump Respects Independence of Intel Agencies While Obama Politicized Them

NEW YORK — Amid the flurry of news media coverage surrounding President Donald Trump’s criticism of the U.S. intelligence community, it may be instructive to recall the Obama administration was repeatedly accused of politicizing the country’s intelligence agencies to advance its own foreign policy agenda.

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Top U.S. General: Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq a Threat to U.S. Forces

Some factions from the Baghdad-sanctioned umbrella organization for mainly Tehran-allied Shiite militia groups known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are helping Iran expand its nefarious activities in Iraq, a top U.S. Department of State (DOS) official indicated this week.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Trump Picks Retired General John Abizaid for Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump’s pick to be US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when US-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family.

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Top U.S. Commander: Bashar al-Assad ‘Has Won’ Syrian Civil War

WASHINGTON, DC — The Russian- and Iranian-assisted regime of Bashar al-Assad is winning the civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands in Syria since 2011, suggested the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, stressing that toppling the dictator is not part of the American mission in the conflict-ridden country.

"I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he's there, and I guess he's running things, so I guess something should happen," US President Donald Trump said of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, seen in 2016

U.S. Military: Afghanistan Airstrikes in 2017 Already Exceed Last Two Years

President Donald Trump’s administration has ramped up the American air war in Afghanistan, dropping 1,634 bombs on terrorists so far this year, a figure that represents an increase of more than 65 percent from the 545 airstrikes launched during the same period in 2016, military data shows.

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Top U.S. General: ‘We Have Not Relaxed the Rules of Engagement’ in Mosul

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military has not “relaxed” the rules of engagement (ROE) put in place to avoid civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), commonly known for using the home of innocent people as shelter and the inhabitants as shields, the top American commander in the region told lawmakers.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S. Claims Deadly North Syria Strike, Denies Targeting Mosque

WASHINGTON — The US military said Thursday it carried out a deadly air strike on an al-Qaeda meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that more than 40 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid.

In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, black smoke leaps the air from government shelling in a residential area in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government’s decision to detain peaceful activists, in a way left the door open for more extremist elements to rise up. When the protests started in …

U.S. Commander: We Will ‘Protect Ourselves’ From Iran and ‘Prevail’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which is in charge of American military activity in the Middle East, warned that the United States will protect itself from increasing Iranian aggression in the Arabian Gulf, adding that ultimately the U.S. “will prevail.”

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Top U.S. General: Iraq ‘on Track’ to Retake Mosul from Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top commander of America’s military efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria has predicted that the U.S.-backed Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are “on track” to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, considered to be the jihadist group’s largest remaining stronghold in the country, “by the end of the year.”

IRAQ, Baghdad : Members of the "Golden Division", the special forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces (ICTF), take part in a training under the command of international military instructors in Baghdad on March 20, 2016, as they preparare for a future operation aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul, …

The Trickle-Down Erosion of Honesty in Obama’s White House

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CENTCOM Altered Intel to Make Obama’s War Against Islamic State Look Better

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A congressional task force created by three Republican-led House panels has confirmed allegations that senior U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) leaders manipulated intelligence assessments in 2014 and 2015 to make it appear that President Barack Obama is winning the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Barack Obama greets troops after holding a 'Worldwide Troop Talk,' a town hall with US members of the military around the world broadcast from Fort Meade in Maryland, September 11, 2015, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit …

Whistleblowers: Top Intel Official Knew ‘Optimistic’ Islamic State Reports Were Cooked

Last summer brought a surprisingly short-lived scandal about the Obama administration cooking the books to make the president’s strategy against the Islamic State look far more successful than it actually was. Now there are whistleblowers charging that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper knew the ISIS reports were excessively “optimistic.”

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