Saturday, May 28, 2016

DARPA Shows-Off Two Hybrid Motorcycles For The U.S. Special Forces

The SilentHawk prototypes shown at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa.

AutoBlog: DARPA shows off two hybrid motorcycles for special forces

The bikes can run on gas, propane, jet fuel, or "theoretically" olive oil.

In 2014, the US government's shadowy DARPA research division launched a competition to design a special forces-spec motorcycle. Now, the two finalists from the competition are on display at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL. Both bikes are quite a lot different than your average Kawasaki.

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More News On DARPA Showing-Off Two Hybrid Motorcycles For The U.S. Special Forces

Look at the Military’s New Stealth Bikes -- Defense One
The silent motorbikes: US military shows off latest special forces stealth technology -- Daily Mail
DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel -- Slash Gear
American Special Forces Have A New Stealth Motorcycle -- Popular Science
These 'stealth motorcycles' DARPA commissioned could run on nearly any fuel -- The Verge

This Is How Russia Is Preparing For World War III

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu provided details of Russia's latest snap exercise at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on 16 March Source: Russian MoD

Russia Insider: How Russia Is Preparing for WWIII

I have recently posted a piece in which I tried to debunk a few popular myths about modern warfare. Judging by many comments which I received in response to this post, I have to say that the myths in question are still alive and well and that I clearly failed to convince many readers. What I propose to do today, is to look at what Russia is really doing in response to the growing threat from the West. But first, I have to set the context or, more accurately, re-set the context in which Russia is operating. Let’s begin by looking at the AngloZionist policies towards Russia.

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WNU Editor: A must read. To give you a heads up on what is in it ....

.... Russians are very afraid of war and they will go out of their way to avoid it. But they are also ready for war. This is a uniquely Russian cultural feature which the West has misread an innumerable number of time over the past 1000 years or so. Over and over again have the Europeans attacked Russia only to find themselves into a fight they would never have imagined, even in their worst nightmares. This is why the Russians like to say that “Russia never starts wars, she only ends them”.

Hat Tip RRH for this link.

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This Is How The U.S. Would Destroy North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program

An airman inspects a JDAM being loaded onto an F-22 Raptor.

Market Watch/Stratfor: How the U.S. would destroy North Korea’s nuclear weapons

America has the firepower, but there are complications that could prevent a successful mission

No other country can match the United States when it comes to projection of power.

Should Washington decide to carry out a military strike against North Korea, even a limited one, the immediate impact would be devastating for Pyongyang. When considering military action, however, it is important to acknowledge the variables and intelligence gaps that inevitably complicate political and military decision-making.

Even with the U.S.’s advantage in training, coordination and equipment, complicating factors and uncertainty about the exact locations and dispositions of North Korean assets make complete mission success far from assured.

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WNU Editor: Even the analysts from Stratfor concede that there are no guarantees of success .... that a part of North Korea's nuclear weapons infrastructure could survive from such a devastating attack.

Picture Of The Day

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From left: Eikei Suzuki, Governor of the Mie Prefecture, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, participate in a tree planting ceremony during a visit the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan. May 26. © REUTERS/ CAROLYN KASTER

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un's Aunt And Her Family Are Living In New York City

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Washington Post: The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998

NEW YORK — Wandering through Times Square, past the Naked Cowboy and the Elmos and the ticket touts, she could be any immigrant trying to live the American Dream.

A 60-year-old Korean woman with a soft perm and conservative clothes, she’s taking a weekend off from pressing shirts and hemming pants at the dry-cleaning business she runs with her husband.

But she’s not just any immigrant. She’s an aunt to Kim Jong Un, the young North Korean leader who has threatened to wipe out New York with a hydrogen bomb.

And for the past 18 years, since defecting from North Korea into the waiting arms of the CIA, she has been living an anonymous life here in the United States, with her husband and three children.

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More News On North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un's Aunt And Her Family Living In New York City

Kim Jong Un's aunt speaks out while living secret life in the US -- FOX News
For 18 Years, an Ordinary Korean Couple Have Kept a Big Secret -- Newser
Kim Jong Un’s Aunt Secretly Lives In The United States -- Time
The secret American life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt Ko Yong Suk -- News.com.au
Kim Jong Un's aunt recalls a child who was 'short-tempered and had a lack of tolerance' -- The Week
The secret American life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt -- New York Post
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt is 'living the American dream' running New York dry cleaners -- IBTimes

Friday, May 27, 2016

How Is The Air War Against The Islamic State Going?

While airstrikes in Iraq have increased substantially in the past year, they have slightly decreased in Syria. CENTCOM

Cameron Glenn, Newsweek: How Is the Air War Against ISIS Going?

The difference in the two fronts is reflected in strikes on the two ISIS strongholds. The coalition hit Raqqa—a backwater city that is the nominal capital of its pseudo-caliphate in Syria—less than 60 times this year, or only 8 percent of the total airstrikes in Syria. The coalition hit areas in and around Mosul—a commercial center in Iraq at least 10 times larger than Raqqa—almost 500 times, or a quarter of all strikes in Iraq this year.

After some 12,000 airstrikes over the past 21 months, costing $7 billion, Operation Inherent Resolve has had an impact in aiding local forces who have fought ISIS on the ground. But their progress in Iraq and Syria has varied.

Due to a wide range of local and international efforts against ISIS, the group has lost 40 percent of its territory in Iraq, and only 11 percent of its turf in Syria.

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Previous Post: U.S. Claims Its Air Strikes Are Hitting More Significant Islamic State Targets (May 26, 2016).

WNU Editor: I am not sure on how the air war against the Islamic State is going .... but I do know that many of the original coalition members have left and/or curtailed their activities .... even though the Islamic State is still there. I also know that the coalition against the Islamic State is still far away from mounting a ground campaign to defeat them .... focusing instead on smaller targets like Fallujah in Iraq and/or the outskirts of Raqqa in Syria. I also know that the U.S. is running out of bombs .... The US is Raiding its Global Bomb Stockpiles to Fight ISIS (Defense One) .... which is never a good thing when you fighting a war.

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Fallujah -- News Updates May 27, 2016



ABC News Online: Fallujah: US strikes kill Islamic State commander as hundreds of residents flee embattled city

US-led coalition air and artillery strikes have killed 70 Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, including the jihadists' leader in the Iraqi city, a military spokesman says.

Baghdad-based Colonel Steve Warren said that over the last four days, 20 strikes in the besieged city had destroyed IS fighting positions and gun emplacements.

"We've killed more than 70 enemy fighters, including Maher Al-Bilawi, who is the commander of ISIL forces in Fallujah," Colonel Warren said, using an acronym for the IS group.

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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Fallujah -- News Updates May 27, 2016

Dozens of Isis fighters killed in Iraqi forces' assault on Fallujah, US says -- The Guardian/AFP
Islamic State commander in Falluja killed, U.S. military says -- Reuters
U.S.-led airstrikes kill dozens of Islamic State fighters in Fallujah -- USA Today
IS Commander of Fallujah Killed in Airstrike -- VOA
US airstrike kills ISIS commander in Fallujah -- FOX News
Hundreds flee Falluja during Iraqi offensive -- CNN
Iraqi troops retake key town from ISIS in Falluja offensive -- CNN
Final battle to recapture IS-held Falluja will start in days: Shi'ite leader. -- Reuters
Grim test for Iraq as Islamic State fighters dig in for battle of Fallujah -- Sydney Morning Herald
Islamic State: Killings of civilians rises in Falluja, says UN -- BBC
As Battle for Fallujah Heats Up, ISIS Shows Grisly Executions of Civilians -- PJ Media
Fallujah: ISIS's Latest Failure -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

Pentagon Orders U.S. Special Operations Forces in Syria To Remove Their Kurdish Patches

American soldiers were seen at an outpost in Fatisah alongside Kurdish soldiers, with some even seen wearing the badges (right shoulder of left soldier) of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit.

ABC News: US Special Operations Forces Seen in Syria Photos Ordered to Remove Kurdish Patches

American special operations forces photographed in Syria sporting patches of a Kurdish rebel group have been ordered to remove the patches because their use was "unauthorized" and "inappropriate," U.S. military officials said today.

Photos of the service members made public Thursday had outraged the Turkish government, which believes the Kurdish rebel group to be a terrorist organization in Turkey.

The photos showed American special operations forces advising Kurdish and Arab forces from the Syrian Democratic Forces near the village of Fatisah about 30 miles north of ISIS's de facto capital of Raqqah. The service members could be seen sporting what appeared to be insignia from the Kurdish People's Defense Forces, known by the initials YPG in Kurdish.

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WNU Editor: This focus on Turkey being upset over a few Kurdish patches on U.S. shoulders is just a side-show .... the real story is that U.S. forces are in Syria and they are actively involved in the war against the Islamic State .... Boots on the ground: U.S. Special Forces pictured fighting side-by-side with Kurds just 18 miles from ISIS capital Raqqa (Daily Mail).

Previous Post: Turkey Furious Over Images of US Soldiers With Kurdish Patches

More News On The Pentagon Ordering Its Soldiers In Syria To Remove The Kurdish-YPG Patches On Their Shoulders

The Pentagon has banned troops in Syria from wearing these Kurdish militia patches -- Military Times
US Orders Troops in Syria to Remove Kurdish Insignia -- NYT
U.S. troops in Syria ordered to remove offending patches -- Washington Examiner

Tonight's Movie Is 'Truman'



From Wikipedia: Truman is a multi-award winning 1995 HBO movie based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Truman.[1] Starring Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman, the film centers on Truman's rise to the presidency from humble beginnings, World War II, and his decision to use the first atomic bomb. The film's tagline is "It took a farmer's hand to shape a nation."

WNU Editor: In view of President Obama's remarks on Hiroshima today .... it is fitting that I post this movie tonight on the U.S. President who ordered the bombing.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 27, 2016



Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic: Obama’s Historic Hiroshima Visit

The president is the first sitting American leader to make a trip to the city that was bombed by the U.S. with a nuclear device.

President Obama became the first sitting American leader to make a trip to Hiroshima, the Japanese city bombed by the U.S. with an atomic device in 1945, and called for a “moral revolution” to accompany technology such as nuclear weapons.

“Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us,” Obama said in a speech after a ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. “The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well.”

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 27, 2016

Who wrote Obama's Hiroshima speech? -- Julian Borger, The Guardian

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Moral Necessity -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

For Japanese, Obama's Hiroshima visit is historic – but complicated -- Roland Kelts, CSM

ISIS, losing territory in Syria, signals strategic shift -- Taylor Luck, CSM

The Mansour Killing Raises as Many Questions as Answers in Afghanistan -- Steven Metz, WPR

America's Doomed China Strategy -- Ted Galen Carpenter, National Interest

Is North Korea nuclear state? -- Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., Korea Times

China And Japan On A Collision Course With The US -- Panos Mourdoukoutas, Forbes

How Russia Engineers Its New Patriotism -- Samuel Bendett, Real Clear World/DW

Russia and Saudi Arabia Are Headed for a Showdown -- Nikolay Pakhomov, National Interest

Freed by Russia, Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' may prove thorn in own leaders' side -- Pavel Polityuk, Reuters

Releasing Nadia Savchenko Is Putin's Poisoned Gift to Kiev -- Russia Insider

Central Banks Can't Go It Alone Anymore -- Mohamed A. El-Erian, Bloomberg

For the record: Stephen Harper’s lasting legacy -- MaCleans

Peter Thiel’s mission to destroy Gawker isn’t ‘philanthropy’. It’s a chilling taste of things to come -- Marina Hyde, The Gaurdian

World News Briefs -- May 27, 2016 (Evening Edition)


BBC: Move Olympics over Zika, scientists say

More than 100 leading scientists say the Rio Olympics should be moved or postponed over the Zika outbreak.

The group says new findings about the virus make it "unethical" for the games to go ahead in an open letter to the World Health Organization.

They call on the WHO to revisit its guidance on Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in May it sees no reason to delay or move the games due to Zika.

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MIDDLE EAST

Islamic State: Killings of civilians rises in Falluja, says UN. Hundreds flee Falluja during Iraqi offensive.

Final battle to recapture IS-held Falluja will start in days: Shi'ite leader.

Iraqis fleeing ISIL-held Mosul seek refuge in Syria. Iraqis fleeing Mosul to Syria, up to 50,000 anticipated: UNHCR.

Al-Nusra Front in Syria gets daily weapons supplies from Turkey - Russian military. Trucks carrying weapons for al-Nusra Front arrive from Turkey daily.

Russia says U.S. 'delays' with joint Syria action may hit peace process.

Islamic State advance near Turkish border, civilians trapped.

Syria war: Turkey anger over US commando photos.

Erdogan unleashes more threats on Europe as EU-Turkey deal falters.

Iran's uranium stockpile stays within limit set by nuclear deal: IAEA. IAEA: Iran complying with nuclear pact.

Israeli environment minister resigns in protest of 'extremist government'.

Iran ends hajj talks in Saudi without final deal.

ASIA

US Army announces Afghanistan deployment for 500 soldiers.

Barack Obama says memory of Hiroshima 'must never fade'. Obama mourns dead in Hiroshima, calls for world without nuclear arms.

G7 expresses concern over east, South China Sea territorial disputes.

Defense secretary discusses concerns in South China Sea.

China says extremely dissatisfied with G7 statement on South China Sea.

China faces headaches from warming Vietnam-U.S. ties.

North Korea threatens retaliation after South Korean warning shots.

Europe steps up North Korea sanctions with oil, finance bans.

N Korea could be linked to cyber-attacks on banks, security firm says.

Youth mobs drive teachers from Australia town.

AFRICA

Ex-Guinea-Bissau PM calls government's dismissal 'constitutional coup'. Guinea-Bissau swears in new PM as fired ministers refuse to go.

No new signal from EgyptAir jet since day of crash, search intensifies.

Nigeria militants blow up gas, oil pipelines: community leader.

Egypt says search for crashed EgyptAir plane narrows.

Uganda 2010 bombing: Five given life in jail.

South Africa passes land expropriations bill.

India probes Nigerian student 'attack'.

Defying critics, Libya's eastern bank prints its own money.

WHO: Angola yellow fever deaths cross 300.

EUROPE

More than 2,000 boat migrants rescued off Italy, more deaths feared. Dozens drown in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy.

Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs.

Putin says Crimea's status as part of Russia not up for discussion.

Putin declares Russia an 'ally' to Islamic world.

Putin visits Greece for investment talks, religious trip. Putin visits Greece ahead of Russia sanctions vote.

Brexit would be serious risk to global economic growth: G7 leaders.

Germany calls for relaxing sanctions against Russia.

France labour dispute: Hollande 'won't back down' over protests.

Dozens injured at fight at Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp.

Migrant crisis: UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya. Commons committee chairman urges clarity over UK special forces in Libya.

AMERICAS

Kerry welcomes bid to spur talks between Venezuela, opposition.

Zika fears prompt 150 public health experts to call for Olympics to be moved from Rio.

Hillary Clinton defends her email use after critical report.

Chile student demonstration turns violent in Santiago.

'Mass rape' video on social media shocks Brazil.

Migrants stranded in Colombian bottleneck as Panama closes its border.

EU committing $645 million to Colombia's peacebuilding.

US economic growth in Q1 revised up to 0.8 percent rate.

Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State has Euro 2016 in its sights, German spy chief says.

Al Qaeda still reaping oil profits in Yemen despite battlefield reverses.

Life under the Islamic State: Fines, taxes and punishments.

Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Yellen says US Fed rate hike likely appropriate in coming months.

G7 summit wraps up by highlighting economic woes, migration crisis. G7: Global economic growth an 'urgent priority'.

Three announces mobile ad-blocking trial.

Police raid McDonald's French headquarters.

U.S. Navy Sailor Pleads Guilty For Mishandling Classified Information That Will Put Him In Jail. Comparisons To Hillary Clinton Are Being Made

Two tugboats push the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) into port at Naval Submarine Base New London. Alexandria is returning from a scheduled six-month deployment. | U.S. Navy

Politico: Sub sailor's photo case draws comparisons to Clinton emails

A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.

Prosecutors allege that Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation.

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WNU editor: The similarities in this case to Hillary Clinton's email/server case are striking .... and yes .... there is a double standard .... yup .... one rule for David Petraeus and (maybe) Hillary Clinton .... another rule for you and I.

More News On A U.S. Navy Sailor Pleading Guilty For Mishandling Classified Information

U.S. sailor pleads guilty to taking photos inside nuclear submarine -- Reuters
Navy sailor pleads guilty to espionage for submarine photos -- The Hill
Sailor Pleads Guilty To Illegally Retaining Submarine Photos -- AP
Navy sailor set to plead guilty of possessing classified submarine photos: Report -- Washington Times
U.S. Navy Officer Admits to Illegally Taking Photos Inside Nuclear Submarine -- Patch

Hillary Clinton Responds To The State Department Inspector General's Report On Her Use Of A 'Secret Server'



Daily Mail: Clinton's extraordinary defense for not speaking to Inspector General about her secret server: They could look on her website if they wanted - and she spoke to the Benghazi committee for 11 hours

* After refusing to answer reporters' questions for a day, Clinton broke her silence about a State Department Inspector General's report
* Report was critical of her use of a private server and email system; inspectors were also irritated she refused to meet with them
* Clinton contended today that 'nothing has changed' and that she thought she was allowed to use personal email
* She also segued the interviews into a discussion of Donald Trump, saying that in clinching the 1,237 needed delegates 'this is as real as it gets'
* Clinton also said Trump represents 'an urgent threat to our rights and to our country'

Hillary Clinton broke her silence today about a State Department Inspector General's report that was critical of her use of private server and email address.

Clinton told news networks that the report – created without her input after she and her State Department aides declined to be interviewed by the watchdog agency – was insignificant and 'nothing has changed.'

More than 24 hours after the release of the damning report Clinton finally spoke to reporters, telling ABC News that she didn't speak to the IG because she had already testified before the Benghazi committee – and she posted 'information' about the emails on her website.

Those moves, she suggested, should count.

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Update #1: Hillary's email line crumbles (FOX news)
Update #2: Hillary Clinton's shrinking email defense (Douglas Cox, CNN)
Update #3: Hillary Clinton's emails: broken rules, but nothing 'crooked' (Diane Francis, The Guardian).
Update #4: Hillary Clinton, Drowning in Email (NYT Editorial)

WNU Editor: The Hillary Clinton camp knew that the US State Department IG reports was going to be released weeks/months ago .... but their response to it has been .... !?!?!?!?! If they have nothing to hide why all the obfuscation? I guess this is one explanation (among many) .... VandeHei: The 4-5 Staffers "Who Actually Speak To" Hillary Clinton Are Stuck In "Bunker Mentality," "Think She's Always Right" (Real Clear Politics).

Who Sold Out AfghanTaliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor?

Pakistani local residents gather around a burning vehicle hit by a U.S. drone strike, May 21, 2016. Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was the target of the drone near Dalbandin, Baluchistan, Pakistan.

VOA: Who Gave Info that Led to Drone Strike on Taliban Leader?

WASHINGTON — Days after a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, near the Afghan border, killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, it remains unclear how the slain leader’s location was discovered.

Mansoor was killed in a remote part of Baluchistan, a province that has been thought off limits for U.S. drones, which operate in the northwestern tribal areas.

However, U.S. officials say the strike does not signal a change in American strategy or an expansion of the CIA’s decade-long drone campaign targeting terrorists inside Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas.

“This was a target of opportunity,” one U.S. official said who declined to be identified when speaking on background. “It does not suggest that we were changing our strategy.”

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WNU Editor: Someone gave the lead to the U.S. to conduct this drone strike .... but who and how .... the fact that no details on what lead to this drone strike have been released tells me that there is more to this story than what is revealed .... and here is an easy prediction .... the U.S. is not going to reveal how they knew that Mullah Mansoor was in that car on that street and at that time of day.

Inside The Hunt For Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi



Martin Chulov and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian: Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Intelligence officials have pieced together details of the recent movements of the world’s most wanted man.

At the closest point they can reach to the Islamic State heartlands, the Kurdish Peshmerga can almost feel their enemy. Most days Isis fighters fire mortars or bullets at their frontline, 10 miles south of Sinjar, sometimes crawling through long grass for hours until they are close enough to shoot.

Several miles further south, some of Isis’s most senior leaders regularly gather in the grey concrete villages of the terror group’s northern vanguard, which for more than a decade had been the safest corners of Iraq for them to come and go. Moving among the nearby towns of Ba’ej and Billij, according to the Kurds watching from the ground, and intelligence officials keeping tabs from other vantage points, is the world’s most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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WNU Editor: I can only imagine the enormous resources that have been (and are now being) deployed to find him. I am sure that one day he will be found and killed (no war crimes trial for him) .... but when will that day happen is something that no one can predict.

U.S. Officials Are Worried On How The Islamic State Is Able To Inspire Violence

A poster showing all 14 victims is displayed during an interfaith memorial service at the Islamic Center of Redlands for the victims of the San Bernardino mass shooting, Dec. 6, 2015 in Loma Linda, California.

Voice of America: Islamic State's Ability to Inspire Violence Worries US Officials

CAPITOL HILL — U.S. officials are warning of Islamic State’s ability to inspire violent deeds around the world, including in the United States, without commanding or having any direct contact with terrorists.

“We are in a new phase of the global terrorist threat,” Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday.

“We have moved from a world of terrorist-directed attacks to a world that increasingly includes the threat of terrorist-inspired attacks, one in which the attacker may never have come face to face with a member of a terrorist organization, but instead is inspired by the messages and propaganda of ISIL," Mayorkas said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

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WNU Editor: What does not help the situation is the refusal by Western government to use terms like "radical Islam" to define who these people are. If you cannot (or refuse to) define them .... how can you then defeat them and/or discount their message?

It Will Take Syria Decades To Recover From This War

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Destruction: This aerial view shows the destruction in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of Homs, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting as government forces bid to flush rebels into the open

Washington Post: Syria’s ruined cities will need decades, not years, to recover from war

The end of Syria's brutal civil war is not in sight. The combatants are locked in a grinding, attritional battle that is as complex as it is cruel. More than 250,000 Syrians have been killed over the past five years, and roughly half of the country's citizens have been forced to flee their homes.

Some of Syria's most important urban centers have been devastated by endless street fighting and aerial bombardment. Just see my colleague Loveday Morris's stark accounts and photographs from inside the country earlier this year.

While diplomats wrangle in Geneva over a nascent, faltering peace process kick-started by the United Nations, other organizations are scratching their heads over the huge challenge of reconstructing and rebuilding a country that has been torn apart. In 2014, a U.N. study suggested that it would take Syria at least three decades to recover.

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WNU Editor: The physical destruction will be rebuilt in a decade or two .... but it will take the passage of multiple generations for the bitterness and anger that this war has spawned to dissipate .... and even then .... a hundred years from now .... emotions will probably still be raw.