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Marines with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command breach a cargo container as others rappel from a CH-47 helicopter onto the deck of a mock cargo ship during Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment near Camp Pendleton, Calif. Dec. 11. VBSS, which consists of maritime vessel boarding and searching, is used to combat smuggling, drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNally/Released)

A Secret War in 135 Countries

Published on September 25th, 2015 | by Guest

by Nick Turse You can find them in dusty, sunbaked badlands, moist tropical forests, and the salty spray of third-world littorals. Standing in judgement, buffeted by the rotor wash of a helicopter or sweltering beneath the ... Read More



Parsing the Latest Version of the Cardin Bill

Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Guest

by Tyler Cullis Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), one of four Senate Democrats to publicly disapprove of the nuclear accord reached between the United States, other major world powers, and Iran, promised legislation to provide for congressional ... Read More



Who Is Putin Really Protecting Assad From?

Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Mark N. Katz

by Mark N. Katz In Ukraine, Moscow has openly declared that its motive for intervention and support for separatist forces has been to counter the West. In contrast, Russian officials have characterized their support for the Assad ... Read More



The Pope, Markets, and Volkswagen

Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar Anticipating this week’s visit by Pope Francis, different political factions and interests in the United States have been hoping to hear words from the popular pontiff that are consistent with their own ... Read More



Cardin’s Bill Softer But Still Toxic

Published on September 23rd, 2015 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) appears to have watered down his “Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015” in the hopes of wooing more Democrats to support it. But the latest draft, while not as ... Read More



Not Losing Face in Syria

Published on September 23rd, 2015 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter After four years of war, with more than 200,000 dead and several million displaced and refugees, there’s no end in sight to the Syrian crisis. On the contrary, the risks have increased ... Read More



AIPAC’s Democrat Problems Go Beyond Obama

Published on September 22nd, 2015 | by Ali Gharib

by Ali Gharib Last week, journalists Josh Rogin and Eli Lake published a piece at Bloomberg Businessweek explaining how the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC came to be defeated in the biggest fight in a generation. The ... Read More

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