Inside the Ring: Al Qaeda, Islamic State Teaming Up

Islamic State demonstrators chant pro-al Qeada messages in Mosul

U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria have prompted several central al Qaeda groups, including its two most dangerous regional affiliates, to reconsider their opposition to the ultraviolent offshoot organization.

Martin Dempsey on Syria: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Barack Obama, Martin Dempsey, Chuck Hagel

In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News made available last night, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president’s senior military adviser, was asked about what appear to be dire developments in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Dempsey’s response began, “Well, it may be about to fall.” This delivered in a matter-of-fact tone of voice you might otherwise reserve for, say, opining about whether or not Japan is going to get hit by a bad hurricane. The tone of voice you reserve for describing someone else’s problem.

After relating that he had been discussing the matter with his Turkish counterpart earlier in the day, Dempsey continued: