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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

U.S. military limits warplanes used for Islamic State bombings

The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region for its air war against the Islamic State, as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces that happened in previous campaigns. Published September 28, 2014

ready, aim, fire: Hours before an American-led military coalition pounded Islamic State strongholds in Syria, the Obama administration informed President Bashar Assad of its plans. (U.S. Navy via Associated Press)

NSA intercepts key to locating, bombing new al Qaeda group in Syria

The U.S. ability to pinpoint with airstrikes the operational hubs of the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group in Syria and penetrate one of its bombing plots shows the importance of the much-maligned National Security Agency, defense analysts said Tuesday. Published September 23, 2014

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

CENTCOM leader sought ground troops in Iraq

The top U.S. commander for the war against the Islamic State wanted to insert air controllers on the ground in Iraq to help warplanes locate targets, but he was discouraged by higher-ups. Published September 16, 2014

Syrians inspect the rubble of a damaged house following a Syrian government airstrike in the city of Raqqa. In order to assist with uprooting the Islamic State, President Obama may need to up U.S. airstrikes and target specifically the terror group's leaders. (associated press)

Military strikes must target terror group leaders

President Obama's monthlong, limited air war against the Islamic State so far has spared assassination strikes on its leaders, a policy that experts say must be reversed if the White House now plans to destroy the American-killing terrorist group. Published September 7, 2014

** FILE ** In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo)

Islamic State using leaked Snowden info to evade U.S. intelligence

A former top official at the National Security Agency says the Islamic State terrorist group has "clearly" capitalized on the voluminous leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and is exploiting the top-secret disclosures to evade U.S. intelligence. Published September 4, 2014

munitions: National Guard Sgt. Larry J. Isbell fires at targets with his M4A1 carbine rifle. The Army is looking to phase out the longstanding weapon, but the potential suppliers to do so, as well as the competition results, remain shrouded in secrecy. (photo by spc. venessa hernandez)

Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

EXCLUSIVE: A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. Published August 19, 2014