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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

Armored vehicles remain at the site of a blast targeting the NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. It comes a week after an audacious attack on the nation's parliament, which highlighted the ability of insurgents, who have been fighting to overthrow the Kabul government for almost 14 years, to enter the highly fortified capital to stage deadly attacks. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossasini)

Pentagon: Afghan forces inadequate to fight Taliban

Afghanistan defense forces suffered a whopping 59 percent increase in battlefield casualties the past six months compared with 2014, mostly by the national police force, which remains ill-equipped to counter Taliban offenses and/or to hold recaptured territory, says a new Pentagon report. Published June 30, 2015

Army Lt. Col. Jason Amerine testified to Congress last week about retaliation against whistleblowers. (Associated Press)

Green Beret working to free U.S. hostages gets caught in FBI web

When Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, a decorated Green Beret, took the big step last summer of contacting a member of Congress on the gnawing question of freeing American hostages, he never suspected the bureaucratic minefield that awaited him, especially from the FBI. Published June 14, 2015

A think tank with ties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued strong criticisms Thursday of the Obama administration's strategy to combat the Islamic State, with analysts writing that the U.S. is "failing" and needs to change course. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton think tank slams Obama on Islamic State strategy

A think tank with ties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued strong criticisms Thursday of the Obama administration's strategy to combat the Islamic State, with analysts writing that the U.S. is "failing" and needs to change course. Published May 28, 2015

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took days more to concede that the Benghazi attack was terrorism and not a protest gone violent. (Associated Press)

Obama-Clinton Benghazi narrative rebutted by Defense Department report

At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed intelligence report that said an al Qaeda-linked group planned the assault 10 days beforehand. Its goal was to kill as many Americans as possible. Published May 19, 2015