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US Lawmakers to Approve Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF September 18, 2014 @ 8:35amClick here to read more
U.S. lawmakers are set Thursday to give their full backing to a plan to arm and train select Syrian rebels who are trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and defeat fighters from the Islamic State.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the legislation, 273 to 156. The Senate, controlled by the President Barack Obama's Democratic Party, is expected to vote Thursday on a government spending bill and a measure to authorize the training of Syrian rebels.
US Report: China Hacked Into Key US Defense Contractors Site
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF September 18, 2014 @ 8:33amClick here to read more
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said a yearlong investigation found hackers associated with the Chinese government successfully penetrated the computer systems of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) at least 20 times.
The allegations made public Wednesday come just four months after five Chinese military hackers were indicted for the theft of corporate secrets.
In Major Assault, IS Fighters Seize Villages in Syria
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF September 18, 2014 @ 8:16amClick here to read more
Islamic State fighters captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region.
With the United States planning to expand military action against Islamic State fighters from Iraq to Syria, a surveillance drone was spotted for the first time over nearby Islamic State-controlled territory in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's civil war, said.
Iranian President Denounces Islamic State, Criticizes US Strategy
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF September 18, 2014 @ 8:01amClick here to read more
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has strongly denounced Islamic State as being shamefully anti-Islam, but called the U.S.-led coalition to fight the extremists "ridiculous."
In an interview with NBC television, Rouhani criticized President Barack Obama's refusal to send U.S. ground forces back into Iraq. Rouhani asked whether it is possible to defeat terrorists without sacrifices and hardship.
Obama Vows No US Ground Troops to Fight IS in Iraq
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF September 17, 2014 @ 3:09pmClick here to read more
President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested some combat troops could be deployed.
Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq war, stressed during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that airstrikes would be the central U.S. contribution to the fight against Islamic State, along with coordinating a coalition that he said now includes more than 40 countries.