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Chuck Hagel: Syria Strategy Remains Unchanged

By John Ubaldi
Special Contributor to In Homeland Security

Amid reports of dissent inside the Obama administration regarding its Syria strategy, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, spoke before the House Armed Services Committee Thursday stating that “There is no change, and there is no different direction.”

Hagel continued his testimony saying, “The position of the United States remains that President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to govern and that there is no purely military solution to the conflict in Syria.

Kobane Under Siege by Islamic State

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Islamic State fighters penetrated the city of Kobane (AR. Ain-al-Arab), Syria, on Monday. In spite of the U.S. led coalition, the mass murdering Islamic State militants moved from mortar fire around the city to street-to-street urban warfare. They seek a strategic victory which will offer them multiple advantages, including: 1) a victory of contest for Kobane over U.S.

Panetta: Obama vacillated on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is criticizing President Barack Obama for leaning toward, then deciding against military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

“By failing to respond, it sent the wrong message to the world,” Panetta says in his new book in which he also reveals his differences with the president over the decision to withdraw completely from Iraq in 2011.