"“We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL’s operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances toward the province of Irbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL’s overall capabilities or its operation in other areas of Iraq and Syria,” Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff, told reporters." Stars and Stripes
He da man! If he doesn't think so then what is all the nonsense in the media about this handful of naval air strikes "turning back" the IS hordes? pl
"Shortly after the statement was released, Mr. Maliki appeared on state television, sitting around a table with his military commanders, where he delivered the same message.
Mr. Maliki did not back away from the threat of a legal challenge to the nomination of Mr. Abadi, a lawmaker from Mr. Maliki’s own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party.
But any legal challenge — which would be based on Mr. Maliki’s contention that he had a legal right to make the first attempt at forming a new government after the election, because his bloc won the most seats — is considered quixotic, because he has lost much of the support within his own party."
Maliki's statement is directed to the army, not to his police troops. pl
" The core of the proposal, which is written in vague terms, calls for the creation of an international mechanism that would better monitor goods entering and exiting Gaza. This mechanism would verify that materials such as iron and cement brought into the Strip not reach Hamas and other terrorist groups, which are thought likely to use them for military purposes." Times of Israel
One of the problems Israel has in reconstruction is "Who will benefit from the sale of cement to Gaza?" If Natanyahu wants to be a hard ass about it , then Egypt will sell the cement and israeli businesses will get screwed. let's see how he deals with that. pl
Read more: UK, France, Germany propose plan for Gaza reconstruction | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-france-germany-propose-plan-for-gaza-reconstruction/#ixzz3ADrEzQEt