Today, Over 60,000 Kurdish Refugees Forced From Syria

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Why are there not enough personalized stories from the refugees and abducted humanitarian aid workers about the treatment from the Islamic State? Where are their personal stories? Why is the West falling asleep to lift up their voice and outcry and rally them into warriors to take back their land with our help?

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China Makes Buy Offer for India’s Regional Neutrality

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

This past week Chinese President Xi Jinping toured India and met with the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Xi put a wedge between India’s consideration of its interfering in the Pacific disputes and considering Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s vision of a “Security Diamond” designed to contain China.

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US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey cautioned, however, that it may be a year before the Syrian rebel force that President Barack Obama calls a key element of his strategy for destroying the Islamic State group is ready for action.

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US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.

Speaking at U.S. Central Command on Wednesday, President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to keep American troops out of combat missions. But hours later, Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be less certain about ground troops.

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Obama looking for Congress in the fight against the Islamic State

President Obama is making sure Congress is a partner in the escalation of U.S. involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war with a vote to approve funds to train and equip about 5,000 Syrian anti-Islamic State, anti-Assad fighters over the next year.

One key problem is making certain any congressional authority does not restrict the program by setting unworkable limitations on which Syrian fighters can participate.

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