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SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

May 28, 2015

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the U.S. Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...

Islamic State slays 20 before crowd in Palmyra Roman theater

May 28, 2015

Islamic State slays 20 before crowd in Palmyra Roman theater

The Islamic State group “executed” 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theater of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said. Across the border the jihadis claimed to have abolished when they proclaimed their caliphate last year, ...

Jihadis get paid honeymoon in 'New York' of Islamic State

May 27, 2015

Jihadis get paid honeymoon in 'New York' of Islamic State

The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate, Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting ...