Tag: northern Iraq

CIA director: ISIS engaged in “active external plotting”

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There is no “credible evidence” that militants within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) are plotting strikes against the United States to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, CIA Director

Source: Obama given detailed intelligence for a year about rise of ISIS

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President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home

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The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

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In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a raid into Syria in an effort to

CIA Arms Kurdish Pershmerga in Battle Against ISIS: Officials

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is directly arming Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist militants in northern Iraq, security officials told NBC News on Monday. In the past, the U.S. had channeled all weapons – including ammunition – through the