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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

Several thousand Syrians, mostly Kurds, crossed into Turkey seeking refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria. The Obama plan calls for local fighters to counter the terror group on the ground. (associated press)

Lots of 'ifs' in Obama war strategy against Islamic State

President Obama's war Cabinet is not instilling confidence in the public about his "no boots on the ground" strategy to defeat the Islamic State now anchored in two countries and in more than a dozen towns. Published September 21, 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