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A Pentagon report on the green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan in August that killed a US general and wounded 16 Coalition troops found no evidence that the attack was instigated by the Taliban, but faulted Afghan officials for lack of cooperation with the investigation. The National Security Council acknowledged that US commandos had tried to rescue American hostage Luke Somers from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula last month; AQAP has threatened to kill him.

Examining a Rare Nerve-Agent Shell That Wounded American Troops in Iraq

Islamic State cedes little ground despite air attacks

Sunni Anbar tribes wary of cooperation with US

CENTCOM reported that since Dec. 1, the US has carried out 14 airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, and that the US and partner nations carried out 11 airstrikes against the group in Iraq. Secretary of State Kerry refused to confirm reports that Iranian airstrikes had targeted the Islamic State in Iraq and added that the US is not coordinating militarily with Iran, but said that the net effect of such strikes could be positive. Gen. Rodriguez, who heads Africa Command, said the US is monitoring an effort by the Islamic State to train fighters in eastern Libya.

Recent Iran airstrikes in Iraq help drive Islamic State from 2 towns

Iran Bombing Islamic State In Iraq, US Official Confirms

Iraqi Government and Kurds Reach Deal to Share Oil Revenues

Boko Haram Attacks With Ease, Causing Death and Mayhem in Nigeria's Provinces

CENTCOM said there have been 26 airstrikes in Syria and 28 in Iraq against the Islamic State since Nov. 28, and that in addition one airstrike near Aleppo targeted al Qaeda's Khorasan network in Syria. The FBI and the Homeland Security Department warned that Islamic State operatives are planning to target current and former members of the US military within the US. The US and Turkey have been discussing the issue of Syrian border security, including the proposal for a "safe zone." A US F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while returning to its base in the Middle East, killing an Air Force pilot.

The US State Department's YouTube 'digital jihad'

Islamic State cell strikes Shiites in Saudi Arabia

Syria says US-led strikes have not weakened Islamic State

Russia claims Islamic State is supplying half of all Afghan heroin coming to Europe

US advisers stay out of harm's way in Iraq

CENTCOM said that between Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, US aircraft targeted the Islamic State with 10 airstrikes in Syria, and that US and partner air forces launched seven airstrikes against the group in Iraq. Additional strikes were carried out yesterday in Iraq and Syria. A covert US-led special forces mission that rescued eight hostages held by AQAP in Yemen on Nov. 25 reportedly missed five other hostages, including an American, who had been moved two days before the raid.

Yemen raid: Rescuers missed Western hostages

Concern about drones as number of near misses surges in recent months

US Adds Planes to Bolster Drive to Wipe Out ISIS

Hezbollah arrives in Iraq