Aug 23, 2016

U.S. commander skeptical of cooperation with Russia in Syria

The top U.S. commander for the fight against the Islamic State group said Monday that he is skeptical of any additional military cooperation with Russia in Syria. And he said he believes he can get the mission done without it, outlining new plans to ...

Aug 22, 2016

China stages live-firing drills in Tonkin Gulf amid tensions

China’s coast guard launched live-firing exercises in the Tonkin Gulf on Monday, the latest in a series of military drills that come amid renewed tensions among disputants to territory in the South China Sea. The Maritime Safety Administration said ships and boats were barred ...

Aug 16, 2016

Philippines' Duterte jacks up budget to fight crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year’s national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay raises. The political outsider swept to a landslide election victory in May and immediately implemented an ...

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

| Aug 16, 2016

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

The jihadi employment form asked the new recruits to rate their knowledge of Islam on a scale of one to three. And the Islamic State group applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly deemed ignorant. The ...