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SEP 30, 2014 - Next Big Future

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Estimated costs of the airwar and a modest ground war in Syria and Iraq

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary assessments has provided an estimated cost for the airwar in Iraq and Syria at between $2.4 to 22 billion per year.The cost of U.S. military operations against ISIL through September 24 is likely between $780 and $930 million. The cost of future operations depends primarily on how long operations continue, the intensity of air ...

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SEP 30, 2014 - Mashable

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UK Launches First Airstrikes Against ISIS

The UK conducted its first two airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq on Tuesday, destroying a "heavy weapon position" and leveling an armed pickup truck. Royal Air Force jets launched the strikes to relieve Kurdish ground forces in northwest Iraq who were under assault by ISIS militants, according to a UK government website. The UK is now ...

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SEP 30, 2014 - Washington Times

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Defense leaders warn of Tomahawk missile shortage in Islamic State fight

As the United States steps up its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), defense leaders on Capitol Hill are raising concerns about a looming shortage in the Tomahawk missile supply, a key offensive weapon that the Navy has deployed against militant strongholds in ...

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SEP 29, 2014 - ReadWriteWeb

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How Hong Kong's Protesters May Evade Internet Blackouts With FireChat

Hong KongTens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have gathered in Hong Kong for days to peacefully protest proposed voting reforms set by China’s legislature. Thanks to the messaging app FireChat, these protesters are able to connect off the grid, making it much more difficult—if not impossible—for the authorities to shut them down by blocking Internet access.(Which, by the way, hasn't yet ...

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SEP 29, 2014 - Huffington Post

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China Scrambles To Censor Social Media

BEIJING - Chinese censors and opponents of the protests sweeping Hong Kong are engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with demonstrators and commentators in a bid to stop news of the unrest spreading online and, in particular, reaching the mainland. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have braved police tear gas to make their views known. Spreading the word over Western ...

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