Thursday Morning Joe: ISIL now an army, CIA secret jail, Cold War aura, Reserves crisis, Seinfeld's Single Shots ...

By Northwest Military News Team on July 24, 2014


Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad today, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president.

Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on requesting $225 million in additional funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles for protection.

ISIL is now a "full-blown army" in Iraq.

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut, it's a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other.

The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining al Qaeda suspects

It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

Army hates to take Guard Apaches, but it "must happen": Under Secretary Carson.

Japan is building two more Aegis antimissile ships.

Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.

Lies, Damned Lies and Maps: Cartography helps set the parameters within which debates over policy and strategy unfold.

Documents detail VA mistreatment of veterans.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday warned House and Senate lawmakers might not reach a deal on legislation to reform the Veterans Affairs Department before the August recess.

After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines - surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office.

CEO of the Army Reserves: "We have a crisis in manning the Reserve. It's a lot harder to recruit and retain than it used to be.

Two female Soldiers recently won national Golden Gloves championships, bringing the number of female amateur boxing national champions in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program to four.

Alaska soldier's car struck in Puyallup after transport company files for bankruptcy.

Apple is seriously talking to payments-industry companies about debuting a mobile wallet.

An automatic parachute will keep you from being hit with a drone.

Our new favorite Twitter account: @CrimeADay. Don't even think about profiting from Woodsy the Owl or his signature catchphrase, "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute." You could get a fine and up to 6 months in prison.

Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld on "Single Shots," "Seinfeld at 25 and more.

Duran Duran is suing its fan club.

This cool startup wants to let anyone become a superhero action figure.

And finally, stare at this guitar, and you may see the ghost of Scooby-Doo.

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LINK: Original photo by Cpl. Justin M. Martinez