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  • Dempsey lauds French airstrike against militants

    CAEN, France (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was in France on Friday, said the French hit a target north of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq. Dempsey was not more specific....

  • NSA 'taking more risk' handling Islamic State threat post-Snowden

    Constraints created when National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden spilled U.S. secrets add new risk to the agency's work when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other threats are making the world more dangerous, intelligence community leaders say.

  • Missile defense is not optional

    Building a strong missile defense is challenging, but it's not optional. The technology needed to build a long-range, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was once far out of reach for all but the most highly developed countries. Today, the regimes most hostile to the U.S. are arming up.

  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The...

  • Senate passes Syria resolution, clearing it for Obama's signature

    The Senate on Thursday passed a government funding measure that includes a provision authorizing President Obama to equip and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic terrorists in the Middle East.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey...

  • British hostage appears in new video

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The...

  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists....

  • France to carry out airstrikes in Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Hollande stressed that France wouldn't go beyond airstrikes in support of...

  • WH: U.S. 'vigilant' against threat to airliners

    The White House declined to comment directly on reports of a terrorist threat to U.S. airlines from another band of extremists in Syria called Khorasan, saying that the intelligence community remains "vigilant" about all threats from Syria.

  • AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group's No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza....

  • Leading Bahrain activist released from jail

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities on Thursday released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was being held for questioning after her arrest on arrival in the Gulf Arab country last month. Al-Khawaja continues to face charges of assaulting police after she refused to hand over...

  • White House: French joining U.S. in airstrikes in Iraq is 'significant'

    "This is a significant contribution to the efforts of the growing international coalition, and we look forward to coordinating with our French partners in the days to come," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

  • House veterans divided on Syria measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against...

  • Kerry: Assad used chlorine gas on Syrian rebels

    Syria's Bashar Assad has violated last year's chemical weapons pact by using chlorine gas in the civil war raging in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.



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