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The State of the Islamic State. And US Policy

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Ever since Islamic State militants took control of the Iraqi city Ramadi, the success of the Obama administration’s policy to quash the extremists has been revisited many times over. The territorial gains have shaken up the debate over how to get a handle on the group, which has roiled Syria, Iraq – and US policymakers.

Challenged by Mideast Upheaval, Obama Policy Re-examined

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Be it the Islamic State, Syria, Iraq or a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the region’s complexity is, once again, front and center. That IS militants now hold more than half of Syrian territory is just one alarming development that has President Barack Obama defending the choices he’s made to handle unprecedented upheaval in the Middle East.

IS Takes Control of Historic Palmyra, Alarming Observers

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 12:09 pm (UTC-5)
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With the strategic city now in the hands of the Islamic State, over half of the country is now administered by IS. The immediate fear is that the extremists will destroy Palmyra’s famed ruins of the Roman empire. The larger view, however, strikes at the heart of the current formula to defeat IS.