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11 Commercial Jetliners Missing after Islamist takeover of Tripoli Airport

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa. 283 more words

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President authorizes 350 additional US military personnel to Baghdad in non-combat role

State department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf tweeted Tuesday night that the president has authorized, at the request of the State Department, an additional 350 military personnel to be deployed “to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad.” 306 more words

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Watch James Rosen lure State Department flunky into revealing Obama ISIS contradiction.

By Jamie Weinstein, The Daily Caller

Note to State Department flack Jen Psaki: Don’t mess with Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

During a press briefing at the State Department Tuesday, Rosen artfully guided Psaki into revealing the Obama administration’s contradictory policy in dealing with the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): while the administration is using the War Powers Resolution to strike ISIS in Iraq, it refuses to say we are actually at war with the group. 251 more words

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Sotloff Family Grieving Over New Beheading Video

WASHINGTON — A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants. 96 more words


Not an 'act of war'? Jen Psaki doesn't want to 'put any labels' on Sotloff beheading

Following reports that American journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki held a press conference … and promptly confirmed that the Obama administration is made up of spineless clowns: 542 more words

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Foreign Service, Civil Service: How We Got to Where We Are (via FSJ)

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Harry Kopp, a former FSO and international trade consultant, was deputy assistant secretary of State for international trade policy in the Carter and Reagan administrations; his foreign assignments included Warsaw and Brasilia. 478 more words

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