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"We're trying to both physically and virtually isolate ISIL, limit their ability to conduct command and control, limit their ability to communicate with each other, limit their ability to conduct operations locally and tactically," said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, using an acronym for the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

U.S. Cyber Command launches hacking offensive against Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday declared a cyberwar against the Islamic State and its savvy techies, as analysts say the U.S. likely is trying to shut down the terrorist group's encrypted messaging applications and hacking operations. Published February 29, 2016

A Russian bomber drops bombs on a target in this image made from video provided by the Russian Defense Ministry. (Associated Press)

Putin's modern Air Force choosing devastating dumb bombs over precision strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrust a much-modernized air force into the civil war in Syria, but the U.S. military says his bombers still drop mostly gravity "dumb" bombs as the West accuses Moscow of indiscriminately killing rebels and civilians alike around strategic cities such as Aleppo. Published February 21, 2016

A new report on female integration into the U.S. special armed forces found the male-dominated warrior culture may be adversely affected. (U.S. Navy)

U.S. special forces not ready to integrate women, report finds

At a time when U.S. special operations are devising plans for the mission of accepting women into the male domains of SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, the terrorist-fighting community is facing a looming readiness problem. Published February 15, 2016

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office during the President's Daily Economic Briefing on July 30, 2009. (White House)

Obama releases top al Qaeda explosives expert from Guantanamo

The Obama administration has released one of al Qaeda's most skilled explosives experts, a man personally praised by Osama bin Laden and who created the shoe-bomb design that was used unsuccessfully to bring down an airliner in 2001. Published January 21, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2008, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers tour St. Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. St. Elijah’s has officially joined a growing list of more than 100 demolished religious and historic sites, including mosques, tombs, shrines and churches. The Islamic State group has defaced or ruined ancient monuments in Nineveh, Palmyra and Hatra. Museums and libraries have been looted, books burned, artwork crushed. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Iraqi civilians killed in U.S. airstrike on Mosul banks

The U.S. command in Iraq acknowledged Wednesday that some civilians were killed when it targeted two cash centers in Mosul, as war planners weighed the benefit of destruction against the downside of collateral damage. Published January 20, 2016

This still image made from video released by the U.S. Central Command on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, shows a structure in Tall Al Qitar, Syria moments after a U.S. airstrike. In three waves of nighttime attacks launched over four hours early on Tuesday, the U.S. and its Arab partners made more than 200 airstrikes against roughly a dozen militant targets in Syria. (AP Photo/US Central Command)

Obama too cautious in bombing Islamic State, former war planners say

Amid the 25th anniversary of the devastating Desert Storm air war, the Obama administration is bombing the Islamic State terrorist army so carefully that commanders are falling well short of enemy destruction allowed by international law. Published January 18, 2016