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PBC News & Comment: Retiring Gen. Odierno Calls for More US Troops in Iraq

As Obama’s air war strategy fails to repel Daesh, Army general calls for more American troops and hints about partitioning

--IS claims responsibility for Baghdad truck bombing, 62 killed

--Kurdish forces fighting IS report chemical weapons attack

--NY Times reports that IS holds hundreds of Yazidis captive, and rapes sex slaves claiming approval from the Koran

--Iran initiates talks with Assad that could lead to cease-fire

--Juan Cole reacts to Jeb Bush’s bizarre recap of the Iraq war and rise of Isis

--Professor Cole also echoes my view about AIPAC as a foreign agent

--in new in-depth interview, Victor Tan Chen talks about America’s long-term unemployed, and compares the plight of auto workers in Detroit and Canada

--releases of Shaker Aamer and other cleared Guantanamo prisoners are being blocked by Pentagon boss Ashton Carter

--3 of the sex charges against Julian Assange have expired, but Sweden maintains one rape charge against him, as stalemate continues

--at Ft. Leavenworth, Chelsea Manning is threatened with solitary for expired toothpaste and possession of the Vanity Fair issue about Caitlyn Jenner

--following abolition of death penalty in Connecticut, state supreme court cancels death sentences for all 11 men on death row

--following the upstate New York prison escape, other inmates were beaten, threatened with waterboarding as guards sought information

--former President Jimmy Carter has cancer, which killed most of his relatives

--21 young people from across US file climate change lawsuit against federal government, on behalf of future generations