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Reports: Hagel Stepping Down Over ISIS Fight

Reports: Hagel Stepping Down Over ISIS Fight

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Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) in June.

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) in June, 2014.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his position as the civilian in charge of the Pentagon over concerns of his leadership in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to several Monday morning press reports. Read More

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

Opinion: How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiquities Trade

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A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

A soldier stands guard near the remains of Hatra, Iraq on June 22, 2013. Photo via Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

As coalition airstrikes attempt to curb the expansion of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the radical Islamist group is digging in militarily as it is simultaneously digging out priceless and irreplaceable historical antiquities—in some cases with heavy earth-moving machinery—which it sells on the black market to fund its Caliphate ambitions. By doing so, a significant amount of ISIS assets are out of reach from traditional counter terror finance measures. Read More

Syrian Military Claims to Have Destroyed Two ISIS MiGs

Syrian Military Claims to Have Destroyed Two ISIS MiGs

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An undated photo of a Soviet era MiG-23 Flogger K via Wikipedia

An undated photo of a Soviet era MiG-23 Flogger K via Wikipedia

The Syrian government is claiming its air force has destroyed two out of the three Soviet-built MiG fighters captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, the claim, which was posted on the Syrian Arab Army Facebook page, could not be independently verified. Read More

Opinion: A Campaign With No Name

Opinion: A Campaign With No Name

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An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The first Iraq War was called Operation Desert Storm, the second Iraq war was called Operation Iraqi Freedom, but what will the third Iraq war be called? Read More

Bataan ARG Leaves U.S. 5th Fleet , Returns to Norfolk by End of Month

Bataan ARG Leaves U.S. 5th Fleet , Returns to Norfolk by End of Month

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USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Persian Gulf on Sept. 22, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Persian Gulf on Sept. 22, 2014. US Navy Photo

The three ship Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) has left U.S. Central Command and transited into the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations ahead of an expected October return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the U.S. Navy announced on Friday. Read More