Defense Dept. won't define
military's Ebola mission

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – As 1,400 U.S. soldiers prepare to head to Liberia this month, critics are still wondering why President Obama is using his valuable, highly trained warfighters to more…

U.S. ally blocking work with anti-ISIS army

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON, D.C. – To fight ISIS in Syria, President Obama is relying on the year-long training of Free Syrian Army soldiers and others who have allegiances to various more…

Turkey backs ISIS to eliminate Assad

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1269625" align="aligncenter" width="596"] President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan[/caption] WASHINGTON – There has been mounting concern over the lack of participation by Turkey – a member of more…

Syrians see U.S. bombing
as cover for Assad overthrow

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1263135" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Tomahawk cruise missiles from aboard the USS Arleigh Burke[/caption] WASHINGTON – An increasing number of Syrians believe U.S. and coalition bombing of ISIS locations more…

U.S. weapons for FSA 'ended up with ISIS'

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – A claim by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that some of the 600 tons of weapons the U.S. gave Syrian rebels last year ended up in the more…

ISIS, Turkey's tool for re-establishing caliphate

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The release by ISIS of 49 Turkish diplomats under mysterious circumstances raises further concern that Ankara's cooperation with the jihadist army could be part of a more…

Generals skewer Obama
for 'control' of airstrikes

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Two retired U.S. generals have blasted a reported plan for President Obama to assert "personal control" over the selection of ISIS targets in Syria. Retired U.S. more…

Jordan in ISIS bull's-eye but balks at U.S. coalition

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1239695" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Jordan's King Abdullah, left, at the United Nations[/caption] WASHINGTON – Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has designated Jordan as the next target of more…

ISIS cash flow relies on Turkey

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON -- The cash flow for ISIS appears to depend on Turkey, but international requests for a cutoff probably are going nowhere while the jihadist group keeps control more…