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My Turn: The fantasy of 'American Exceptionalism'

...hypocrisy by not placing George W. Bush's Iraq War fiasco alongside his assessment of...foreign policy. Has Sullivan forgotten that Iraq possessed none of the weapons of mass destruction...Packer supported Bush's decision to invade Iraq, but after witnessing the aftermath of...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-10/my-turn-fantasy-american-exceptionali
Opinion
Senate candidates vie for veterans' votes

...wouldn't be worried as a veteran," said Speegle, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 50-year-old real estate agent said...said David Joslin, a former combat medic who was wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Guys that spent a decade at war, we don't...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-14/senate-candidates-vie-veterans-votes
State
Analysis: US-led airstrikes produce few gains

...the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic...extremist force that has swept over much of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State fighters...fighters, the most effective forces in Iraq, have made some modest gains the past...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/analysis-us-led-airstrikes-produce-fe
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Kurds key in fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD - The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major focal point in the...people from the minority Yazidi group from Iraq's Sinjar Mountain in August. In Turkey...across several countries, mostly Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. Sunni Muslims...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/kurds-key-fight-against-islamic-state
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Syrian town poised to fall

...to be declared; and for the moderate opposition in Syria and Iraq to be trained and equipped."Erdogan's comments did not signal...already rules a huge stretch of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border, a direct link between its positions in the Syrian province...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/syrian-town-poised-fall
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My Turn: President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels is flawed

...rightfully proceed with airstrikes and forming a coalition, we owe it to the soldiers who have deployed over the past decade to Iraq and Afghanistan - many of them from Alaska, and many multiple times - to more closely examine this strategy to arm the Syrian...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-02/my-turn-president-obamas-plan-arm-syr
Opinion
My Turn: The U.S. needs engaged leadership

...combat troops to eradicate the threat of ISIS. What he fails to realize is that we already have combat troops engaged daily in Iraq and Syria - our brave pilots conducting dangerous air strikes. Moreover, there are certainly search and rescue ground troops...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-08/my-turn-us-needs-engaged-leadership
Opinion
Defeating the violence and ideology of ISIS

...controls large parts of Syria and western and northern Iraq. The United States and its allies in Europe and in the region will attack ISIS militarily in Iraq and Syria while providing the Iraq and the Kurdish peshmerga with the arms and training...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-09-14/defeating-violence-and-ideology-isis
Opinion
Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

...airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq since August, when the militants tried to push toward the northern city of Irbil in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region...with those in Raqqa and all the way to Iraq.Last month, the YPK crossed the border...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-09-19/militant-gains-illustrate-plight-syri
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Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

...al-Qaida splinter group leading Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now calls itself simply Islamic...al-Nursa, also known as the Nusra Front, in Iraq and Syria. Their combat and bomb-making training...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-09-19/islamic-state-plot-australia-raises-q
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