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ISIS sends bloody, severed head, what's our reply? Column

Published by: James S. Robbins

The images of American photojournalist James Foley's murder of are so shocking that YouTube removed the video and Twitter is scrubbing the photos. But the grim scene is something all Americans should see.

Foley disappeared in November 2012 while covering the war in Syria for Agence France–Presse. His killing this week took place on a stark stage; barren, featureless sands under a brilliant sky. Foley is mockingly in orange, after the jumpsuits issued to terrorist detainees, his head shaved, appearing drawn and stoic. He and his black-clad, masked executioner read statements in English, directed to an American audience. Then follows the bloody deed itself, forceful, grotesque, brutal.

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Hamas kills 18 suspected Israel informants

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants in Gaza, killing as many as 18 people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces as fighting flared anew following the collapse of Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks.

Masked gunmen killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers on Friday, according to a witness and Hamas media. Earlier in the day, Hamas killed 11 men by firing squad in Gaza City's police headquarters, according to the Hamas-run Al Rai website.

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Pentagon broke law with Bergdahl prisoner swap, government watchdog says

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

The Government Accountability Office, in a legal opinion issued at the request of congressional lawmakers, said the Defense Department violated the law by failing to notify key Capitol Hill committees at least 30 days in advance.

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US Defense Secretary Says Islamic State is Imminent Threat

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning that the Islamic State is more than a typical terrorist group and is an imminent threat to the United States. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Secretary Hagel said U.S. airstrikes have helped stall the momentum of Islamic State militants in Iraq, and have enabled Iraqi and Kurdish forces to regain their footing.

However, he expects the insurgents to regroup and stage a new offensive.

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UN Security Council Working on Resolution to End Gaza Fighting

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

U.N. diplomats say the United States and European nations are working on a Security Council resolution to end fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

A two-page document circulated Thursday calls for an immediate end to Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli military operations that have killed over 2,050 Palestinians and 67 Israelis in the past six weeks.

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Kurdish Forces Launch Operation to Retake Iraqi Town

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Kurdish forces have begun an operation to force out militants with the Islamic State group from a strategic town in northern Iraq.

Officials said Kurdish peshmerga fighters early Friday retook several areas of Jalawla, 115 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.

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Ukraine Calls Russian Aid Convoy Movement 'Direct Invasion'

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Ukraine is accusing Russia of conducting a "direct invasion" on its eastern border as a Russian aid convoy moves into the country without clearance from Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine's foreign ministry made the statement Friday, after the 200-truck convoy began moving following several days of waiting at the border for Ukrainian authorities to inspect the vehicles and their cargo of humanitarian aid.

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