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Japan's Abe Calls Latest Hostage Deadline 'Despicable'

(TOKYO) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage at the latest threat purportedly by Islamic State militants to kill a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the man and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage. 898 more words

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In a surprise u-turn, The Sun newspaper has renewed its commitment to publishing salacious images; including Tony Blair and George W. Bush in a series of compromising positions with Weapons of Mass Destruction. 204 more words


Canadian veteran Dillon Hillier, who fought against ISIS, returns home

TORONTO – Canadian Forces veteran Dillon Hillier, who joined Kurdish forces battling ISIS two months ago, has returned home, according to a statement from his family posted to social media Tuesday. 300 more words



BLOG 236 January 26, 2015

Nina Shea, director of Washington based Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom, recently noted that the goal of Islamic extremists to achieve total Islamization has virtually been met in Iraq. 399 more words

Middle East

Military news round up from around the world, 1/27/15

Hey guys,

I’ve done a poor job of posting on here of late. I apologize about that and will try to do better.

And with that, let’s run through a quick military news round up. 349 more words

National Security

With Kobani in Kurdish hands, U.S. looks to take back Iraqi city of Mosul

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry, the… 741 more words

Defence Watch

With Islamic State Routed From Kobani, Kurds Eye Mosul

When Islamic State fighters swept across northern Iraq last summer and seized the city of Mosul, the group gained an aura of invincibility. Now, having been routed from the Syrian border city of Kobani, the extremists’ aura has been smashed and their enemies are eyeing an attack on Mosul, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said Tuesday. 388 more words