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Obama writes Congress; Turkey joining ISIS strikes?; Iowa vets like Trump; A ‘new Swift boating’; And a bit more.

August 21, 2015 Obama pens letter to Congress as poll numbers on his foreign policy slip. U.S. President Barack Obama is looking to shore up any additional support from fence-sitting Democrats undecided about the merits of diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program, The New York Times reported late Thursday. What’s in the letter? A...

ISIS may have chemical weapons; How SecDef picked his team; Jeb won’t rule out waterboarding; What to show the Chinese delegation on your base; and a bit more.

August 14, 2015 ISIS may have used chemical weapons. Islamic State militants “likely” used mustard agent against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, senior U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous. American officials are now investigating how these banned weapons may have reached the battlefield. Entous: “The use of mustard agent...

Deadly day in Iraq; F-16s strike from Turkey; Odierno’s last presser; SpecOps helo crashes on ship; and a bit more.

August 13, 2015 Deadly day in Iraq. A powerful truck bomb tore through a civilian market in Baghdad’s Sadr City, killing at least 59 people in the predominantly Shia district, the BBC reports: “Thursday’s bomb attack in Sadr City was one of the deadliest in the capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took...

Pentagon wants another base in Turkey; Odierno’s last week; Drone operators behaving badly; Russia wants nuclear aircraft carrier; and a bit more.

August 11, 2015 The Pentagon has a new Syrian proxy force, and it’s not the moderate fighters expensively trained by the U.S. military. Instead, the Pentagon is supporting Syrian Kurdish militia fighters, known as the Popular Protection Units or YPG. The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef with the scoop: “The Obama administration publicly is...

Taliban targets Kabul; US sends F-16s to Turkey; Arms sales resume to Bahrain; How to email DoD Silicon Valley; and a bit more.

August 10, 2015 Four Kabul attacks in as many days: A Taliban suicide car bomb killed five people and injured at least 16 injured at the entrance to Kabul International Airport on Monday. Four civilian and a police officer were among those dead and the airport was closed for several hours, the BBC...

Precedent set for ISIS detainees; GOP debaters give natsec short shrift; U.S.-trained Syrians go missing; Exclusive video from hybrid-war exercise; and a bit more.

August 7, 2015 First detainee in ISIS war transferred to Iraqi authorities. With Baghdad’s blessing, the Pentagon last night said that it sent America’s first detainee from its counter-Islamic State campaign into the custody of the Kurdish Regional Government. The Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold broke the story. The move—involving Umm Sayyaf, wife...

Obama channels JFK; A changing of the guard at JCS; Disturbing news from BlackHat; Leave those fake pipe bombs at home; And a bit more.

August 6, 2015 Obama to Congress: learn from the Iraq War, don’t block the Iran deal. “Congressional rejection of this deal will leave any U.S. administration absolutely committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon with one option: another war in the Middle East...Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months, but soon,”...

Is Washington souring on China?; Taliban spar over new chief; GOP debate guide, natsec edition; A SEAL and an engineer walk into Silicon Valley; And a bit more.

August 5, 2015 As U.S. officials promised and Beijing feared, State Secretary John Kerry asked China to respect international law amid “rising tensions over disputed claims in the South China Sea and China’s large-scale reclamation, construction and militarization of features there,” AFP reports from the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign...

Full-blown ground war in Yemen; Gulf blessing for Iran deal; Smarter, deadlier drones; Sailors board Ford; And a bit more.

August 4, 2015 The war in Yemen has moved from air campaign to full-blown ground offensive. Not long after some 2,800 Saudi-led troops, including a brigade from the United Arab Emirates, landed in the port city of Aden this weekend, they joined Yemeni troops in clearing most of the Houthi rebels from the...

New rules for the Syria war; The problems with China; F-35, ready-ish for war; NATO air intercepts shoot up; And a bit more.

August 3, 2015 New rules for the Syrian war. After months of uncertainty that led to Pentagon officials’ inability to answer U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration has authorized American air power to defend its newly trained moderate rebel force inside Syria against the myriad insurgent groups roaming the war-torn country...