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Globe Trot: U.S. intel limited in fight against ISIS

International
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/22/14, 11:57 am

ISIS: When it comes to the U.S. battle against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, a basic question arises: How do we know where to strike?

In a piece in the Congressional Quarterly, a handful of security experts and other officials say the U.S. capacity for on-the-ground intelligence has severely declined since the U.S. withdrew ground troops from Iraq in 2011.

Since the article requires a subscription, here are a few salient quotes:

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Midday Roundup: Appeals court deflects another atheist attack

Newsworthy
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/29/14, 12:53 pm

Atheists overruled. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the words “In God We Trust” can remain on U.S. currency. The decision was the fifth time a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the phrase. The pro-atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation vowed to keep suing in every single court circuit in hopes of finding one that will issue a different ruling.

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Will Turkey force NATO's hand in Syria?

Syria | Turkey’s role in attacks in northern Syria could force NATO intervention
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/31/14, 09:44 am

BEIRUT—Rebels, with help from Turkish tanks and anti-aircraft fire, are prevailing in a sustained attack in northwestern Syria that began a week ago, Syrians in the area are reporting.

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