Alyssa L Shankle

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Just give it up already! Fox News breaks out yet another Benghazi lie to give life to a long discredited conspiracy theory

Did the White House withhold aid from people under attack in Benghazi? No, but Fox News wants you to think that<p>The conservative Benghazi freak-out, now in its fourth year, has become so thoroughly focused on Hillary Clinton’s emails that it’s easy to forget what the actual conspiracy is at the …

Want to Defeat ISIS? Say No to War -- Part 1

<i>Part One argues the case against direct American military intervention in Iraq and Syria. Part Two will focus on policy measures that can help defeat ISIS without requiring the United States to get bogged down in another costly war that further undermines national security</i><p>There is no precedent for …

Al-Qaeda Member Sentenced to 40 Years for Bomb Plot

An al-Qaeda member who plotted a bombing in England was sentenced by a U.S. federal court on Tuesday to 40 years in prison.<p>Abid Naseer, 29, was …

Terrorism

'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other.<p>The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a …

If France wants to succeed against Islamic State, it should study the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan

The wisdom of the U.S. decision to keep troops in Afghanistan on a semi-permanent basis will be long debated. What is beyond debate is the brilliance of the post-9/11 invasion, which holds lessons for the French people following the massacres of Nov. 13 in Paris and the similarly appalling loss of …

Special Forces

Culture: ISIS' New Tool of Warfare

ISIS has developed a new tool of warfare that is being deployed in its deadly strategy for the creation of an Islamic Caliphate: destruction and trafficking of culture.<p>It is a tool that lands them on the front page of global newspapers and in social media, strikes at the economy of its victims, …

Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa

On Saturday night, five young Syrians slouched into a dive bar in New York and ordered drinks. When the bartender asked if off-brand vodka was O.K., they had to smile. They were all exiles from Raqqa, the provincial city in northern Syria that <i>ISIS</i> has made its operational center and the de-facto …

Middle East