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Saudi pilots involved in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State targets sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 24. (Associated Press)

Obama anti-ISIS coalition crumbles as Arab allies focus elsewhere

- The Washington Times

The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration’s claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region.

Robert E. Lee. (Associated Press)

The showboating student, hard at work

- The Washington Times

There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and chief of his staff Sergei Ivanov, left, take part in a meeting in Nizhny Tagil in the Ural mountains, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Putin on Wednesday ordered long-range air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin confirms Russian pilot rescued by Syrian commando unit

- Associated Press

A Russian military pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey and crashed in Syria arrived on Wednesday at an air base in Latakia province after being rescued by a Syrian army commando unit, Syrian and Russian officials said.

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russian jet shot down by Turkey ramps up Syria tension

- The Washington Times

The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey raised the complex tensions around Syria's multisided civil war to new heights Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to take a more aggressive leadership role in the conflict to head off a further escalation between Moscow and Ankara.

With his poll numbers all but nonexistent, Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hoped to revive his standing with voters by vowing to restore phone-snooping and resume waterboarding suspected terrorists. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie looks to rally with tough terror talk

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential candidates angled Tuesday to steal the spotlight on national security issues that now dominate the race, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowing to restore NSA's phone-snooping program canceled this year over civil liberties concerns.

"America is strengthened by people of every faith and every background," President Obama said Tuesday. (Associated Press)

With Americans shaken by terrorism, Obama defaults to snide lecturing

Here in this week of reflection and gratitude, it is high time you smug and intolerant Americans take a long look at yourselves. Why, dirty Americans, do you hate people from exotic, war-torn places? Why do you despise other cultures? Why do you so hate freedom of religion? Or, as President Obama wonders, why are you all so Islamophobic?

Donald Trump appeared to benefit most from the new focus on national security. He hardened his lead among Republican primary voters nationally and in early-voting New Hampshire, while retaking the lead from Mr. Carson in Iowa, home to the country's first nominating contest. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump gets boost from Muslim targeting push as voters focus on terrorism

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has gained momentum in polls as he vowed heightened security measures that target Muslims in the wake of the Islamic State attack on Paris, with the electorate's new focus on terrorism boosting several Republican candidates ahead of Hillary Rodham Clinton in theoretical matchups.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Feb. 19, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

How Obama cooks the terrorism numbers

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama has given an eloquent testimony to a Christian faith, but his sympathies are always with Islam. He insisted from Asia that "99.9 percent of Muslims worldwide reject terrorism," and that's good news, if true. But it clearly is not.