As Tensions Rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS Get Closer to Their Common Goal: Civilizational War - The Intercept

The Trump administration has taken sweeping, drastic measures that it says are necessary to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism, including its executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. But the radical policies ...and more »

How the Travel Ban Helps Terrorists - Reason

protesters Andrea Renault/Polaris/NewscomIf you're afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may ...and more »

How Trump's travel ban helps terrorists - Chicago Tribune

U.S. citizen Samy el-Goarany went to Syria, where he trained with the Islamic State group before he was killed. (AP). Steve ChapmanContact Reporter. If you're afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes ...and more »

Trump's Muslim ban first step toward re-establishing American dominance in the Middle East - (blog)

Trump's executive order to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from the U.S., comes in flagrant defiance of all international humanitarian laws and basic human rights. This ban is not about protecting Americans from ISIS or "Islamic ...and more »

US Special Forces on the Ground in Syria: US-Backed Advance on Raqqah ISIS Stronghold. What Is Going On? - Center for Research on Globalization

The US-baсked Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly Kurdish YPG units, have been developing an advance in the eastern countryside of the ISIS self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqah. The decision to flank the ISIS stronghold from eastern direction ...and more »

Point: Grading Trump — Not an Honor Roll Record - InsideSources

Confession: Many moons ago, I actually thought there was a little bit to like about Donald Trump. During the primaries, he proved that GOP voters could care less about the party's usual pro-business bromides. He smeared free-trade agreements as bad for ...and more »

Trump on the offensive - Open Democracy

A surge in America's military power, led by special forces and new weapons, augurs an even more dangerous era in global security. The unpredictable day-to-day behaviour of the new United States administration continues to provoke widespread ...and more »

All-Arab force to enter Raqqa once liberated - Rudaw

Female Arab fighters among the Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters, stand together near the village of al-Torshan, 20 km on the outskirts of Raqa last Monday. Photo: AFP/Delil Souleiman. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region ...and more »

Middle East VIDEO: Kurdistan24 team attacked by IS in Raqqa - Kurdistan24

Kurdistan24 correspondent embedded with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Ekrem Salih trying to flee a point attacked by Islamic State (IS) insurgents in the north of Raqqa Province, Syria, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Hozan Khesho).and more »

Netanyahu positions himself as Trump's war broker in Middle East - RT

Martin Jay is an award winning British journalist now based in Beirut who works on a freelance basis for a number of respected British newspapers as well as previously Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle TV. Before Lebanon, he has worked in Africa and Europe ...and more »