Islamic State fighters seize western Iraqi town: officials

Reuters 2/12/2015

Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of most of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an air base where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, officials said.

Al-Baghdadi, about 85 km (50 miles) northwest of Ramadi in Anbar province, had been besieged for months by the radical Sunni Islamist militants who […]

State Dept. Misled Reporters About Meeting with Muslim Brotherhood

Adam Kredo The Washington Free Beacon 2/2/2015

The State Department admitted on Monday that it misled reporters about a recent delegation of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and allies who were hosted for a meeting with officials at Foggy Bottom.

State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki claimed last week that the controversial delegation of key Brotherhood leaders and […]

Cuban Dissidents Still Behind Bars Despite U.S. Deal

Castro regime has not released some political prisoners, recently detained others

Daniel Wiser The Washington Free Beacon 1/5/2014

The status of 53 political prisoners in Cuba remains in limbo despite an agreement with the United States to release them, according to reports.

President Barack Obama announced last month that he was easing travel and commercial […]

US State Department: Top US General, Martin Dempsey, Is Wrong About Gaza Civilian Casualties

Joseph Gelman IsraelUSA.net 11/8/2014

 

 

In a remarkable display of open discord at the highest levels of the US government, the US State Department Spokeswoman openly challenged the professional opinion and military assessment of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military officer in the United States, General Martin Dempsey.

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Smart Power State Department ends tumultuous day with stirring, relevant tweet

Mary Katharine Ham Hot Air 7/17/2014

…This tweet is from the official State Department account, from Jen Psaki, at 9:26 p.m.*, hours after two huge international stories have broken. Now, the administration perhaps can’t be expected to react to the actual events at issue seriously. Too much to ask. But what they do sometimes react […]

ISIS Has Saddam’s WMDs

Declan Finn The American Journal 6/19/2014

Yesterday, ISIS (or ISIL, if you prefer) took the Al Muthanna facility in Iraq, according to the The Telegraph.

What’s so special about Al Muthanna? It’s where Saddam greated mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX nerve gasses.

But that’s all right, isn’t it? After all, Saddam Hussein had […]