Hillary Clinton's Connection to ISIS Revealed by WikiLeaks, Followed by Media Blackout

This latest revelation from Wikileaks reveals that Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from, French industrial giant Lafarge, which was recently exposed as secretly sponsoring the Islamic State for profit. Documents obtained by several journalistic investigations reveal that Lafarge has paid taxes to the terror group to operate its cement plant in Syria, and even bought Isis oil for years

Trump’s False Obama-ISIS Link

Trump points to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011, under Obama, as “the founding of ISIS,” but experts say the expansion of the Islamic State after that point can’t be pinned on the troop withdrawal alone — if at all. And there’s the fact that President George W. Bush had signed the agreement and set the date for that withdrawal.

Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria. Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it.

U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the largest conventional bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, unleashing a munition so massive that it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo plane.

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

The United States and Saudi Arabia are putting together one of the biggest arms sales in history and looking toward a new regional security architecture. Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After years of disillusionment with the Obama administration, the Saudi leadership was eager to do business. “They were willing to make a bet on Trump and on America,” a senior White House official said.

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

The president was boasting of the “great intel” he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a U.S. partner. “This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

US-led anti-IS coalition obscures, under-reports civilian casualty

Civilian casualties in coalition operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are being significantly under reported,  monitoring groups say, with non-US partners refusing to release data about military operations in which their forces may have killed non-combatants. Since the anti-IS international coalition was formed in August 2014, there have been at least 21,820 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to monitoring group Airwars.

Trump's War To 'Annihilate' ISIS Is Raising Civilian Casualties

Overturning more than a decade of careful “hearts and minds” military operations, the United States has  signaled that the major U.S.-backed combat offensives against ISIS in  Iraq and Syria should proceed regardless of the cost to civilians.