Who Will Take al-Bab ?

The last remaining Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria is poised to fall, and given the potentially major strategic implications for the Kurds, Turkey, the rebels, and other actors, one of them may act quickly to determine its fate.
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Islamic State and Pakistan Connections

Can Daish flourish in Pakistan?
Or does Pakistan just doesn’t offer the public sympathy it needs?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also widely known as Daish, is finally in Pakistan. Can it strike roots here and undertake the type of activities it is conducting in Iraq and Syria? What has led a group of TTP commanders to renounce Fazlullah and declare allegiance to Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi? Read more of this post

Fleet Exchange

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is now taking over station in the Persian Gulf, ready to harrass the Islamic State terrorists. The San Diego-based Vinson is accompanied in the region by the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey. The entire strike group left home Aug 22. with about 6,200 sailors for its scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East. Read more of this post