War on Terrorism

United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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Osama bin Laden’s Spokesman and Son-in-Law Abu Ghaith Captured by the United States

March 7, 2013

“A Jordanian security official confirmed that al-Ghaith was handed over last week to U.S. law enforcement officials under both nations’ extradition treaty.”

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Success: GOP Senator Rand Paul’s Filibuster Provokes Letter Response From White House

March 7, 2013

“Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.”

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Documents: U.S. Allowed Iraq’s Special Police Commando Unit to be Primarily Violent Shia Iraqis Beginning in 2004

March 7, 2013
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Documents: General David Petraeus and Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

March 7, 2013

“The Guardian/BBC Arabic investigation was sparked by the release ofclassified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres run by the police commandos across Iraq.”

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Filibuster Participant Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Intends to Propose Bill Next Week to Allow Drone Strikes on U.S. Soil for “Imminent Threats”

March 7, 2013

“He added that forthcoming legislation would “make clear” that at no point does the currently-in-effect Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001 permit the killing of an American on U.S. soil without proof of an imminent threat.”

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Obama Administration Weighing Loopholes in Authorization for Use of Military Force to Expand War on Terror

March 7, 2013

“A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to [al-Qaeda].”

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U.S. General James Mattis Confident in Middle East Presence Despite Sequestration Budget Cuts

March 6, 2013

“Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.”

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British Envoy: United Kingdom Will Publish Parts of Reports on Role in U.S. Rendition of Terrorist Suspects

March 5, 2013

“The British announcement came after a demand from the UN investigator that the US and Britain reveal their finding on rendition, according to Reuters.”

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Attorney General Holder: U.S. Can Kill Citizens With Drones on U.S. Soil

March 5, 2013

“The two possible examples of such “extraordinary” circumstances were the attack on Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An American president ordering the use of lethal military force inside the United States is “entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront,” Holder wrote.”

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U.S. Central Commander Gen. James Mattis: Iran Nuclear Weapon Would Drive At Least One More Sunni-Arab State to Develop Nukes

March 5, 2013

“MATTIS: At least one other [Sunni-Arab] nation has told me they would do that, at a leadership level, they have assured me they would not stay without a nuclear weapon if Iran armed.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Iran Moving Closer to Possessing a Nuclear Weapon

March 5, 2013

“At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.”

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu: Iran Getting Closer to “Nuclear Red Line”

March 5, 2013

“”Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross it,” Netanyahu told the largest American pro-Israel lobby via satellite, referring to the point at which Israel believes Iran would be able to build a nuclear weapon.”

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Vice President Biden to AIPAC: President Obama Isn’t Bluffing on Iran

March 5, 2013

“”The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the audience in Washington.”

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