U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power predicted on Sunday that the United States would not carry out airstrikes in Syria alone and suggested that some nations have already indicated they would participate in striking Syria, despite the current lack of public support.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton warned that there is an increased threat of a terrorist attack against the city, writing in a special New York Daily News column that the the presence of social media threats made by the terrorist group “heightens this concern.”
Republicans who are backing President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels expressed concerns on Friday about whether the strategy would be far-reaching enough to defeat Islamic militants and other regional adversaries in the Middle East.
Today I have a piece about the complicated and sometimes questionable statistics that are cited by those who say that sexual assault, and in particular male-on-male sexual assault, is epidemic in the military.
The upshot is that, at the very least, the statistical situation is much more complicated than some would like to admit—and that the one thing that the most reliable figures available do show clearly is that sexual assault in the military is predominantly a crime of male perpetrators and female victims.
Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.
Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday and Thursday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets.
Chinese authorities continue to forcibly commit political dissidents to psychiatric detention, a practice of the former Soviet Union that has been widely condemned by human rights groups and the United Nations.
Even though Syria has been pressured by foreign powers to give up materials to produce chemical weapons, Israel intelligence believes Syria has retained weapons that are combat-ready.
Sen. Ted Cruz said the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) could lead to a “massive loss of life” in the United States if it is not stopped, but added that he still believes Iran’s nuclear ambitions pose a greater threat to the U.S. than the Islamic State, in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon last week.
Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.