19-Year-Old Marine Is First Soldier to Die Fighting ISIS in Iraq

19-Year-Old Marine Is First Soldier to Die Fighting ISIS in Iraq


The U.S. has lost its first soldier in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in Iraq.

The Pentagon announced Friday that Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, 19, died in Baghdad during a non-combat incident on Thursday, the Washington Postreports. No further details about his death were available.

Neal’s death is the first in Iraq since the U.S. military began the mission Inherent Resolve, which targets the extremist group that has rapidly expanded its control over parts of Iraq and Syria this year.

More than 4,000 members of the military died in Iraq in the years following the 2003 invasion. President Barack Obama has said that the U.S. will not send troops back to the country after withdrawing forces in 2011, though the U.S. has begun airstrikes and some ground operations as it tries to stop ISIS.

[Washington Post]

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Summer Blockbusters! By Christian Steiner

The Harbinger

Three Marvel movies, two reboots, and two sequels highlight this contradicting summer of original unoriginal films. The beauty of this summer’s lies in the writers taking a premise that isn’t completely original and making it their own in the way it is executed (see Edge of Tomorrow.)

Comic-Book Galore:

Captain America 2 the Winter Soldier- Finally a film that brings life and energy to Marvel phase two. Easily one of the best Marvel movies (and summer movies) we’ve seen since the Avengers. 9/10

The Amazing Spider-Man 2- Not as good as the original Spider-Man sequel but still a fine movie. An overabundance of underdeveloped characters is the film’s greatest flaw, but the superb acting and special effects bring the film back up a couple of notches. 7/10

X-Men Days of Future Past- The smartest superhero franchise returns in what its best outing yet. Bryan Singer’s and Matthew Vaughn’s worlds collide…

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“Kill the Messenger” Reveals the Dark Side of Investigative Journalism

“Kill the Messenger” Reveals the Dark Side of Investigative Journalism


Kill the Messenger


Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Michael K. Willians, Oliver Platt
Director: Michael Cuesta
Studio: Bluegrass Films, The Combine
Distributor: Focus Features
Genre(s): Political Thriller / Drama
Based On Dark Alliance

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Spoilers: Moderate
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After a title card bleakly declares that we signed up for a film based on an all-too true story from 1996, Kill the Messenger starts by force-feeding the audience with a rapid-fire stream of muckraking newsreels and televised political speeches linking the United States’ “War on Drugs” with the Contra War for democracy in Nicaragua. Drugs, a foreign war, the media circus and the United States government mix together like a bitter, but familiar, iceless drink. We expect some mad corruption and conspiracies to go down, and a crusading hero handsomely…

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