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  • Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack in the United States, senior U.S. officials testified Wednesday, but warned that the danger from the militants is spreading beyond the Middle East to Europe and other parts of the world. They have the...

  • Harry Reid: Obama 'knows how to destroy terrorists'

    "Airstrikes and strategic use of drones and, of course, covert action are the most effective way to take out [Islamic State] without committing troops — American troops — troops in harms way," the Nevada Democrat said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

  • Tom Coburn calls ISIS threat 'spilled milk'

    Sen. Tom Coburn said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a situation the U.S. created and now it's "time for us to clean it up."

  • Building anti-Islamic State coalition could be a heavy lift

    When President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night about his plans to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he will likely lay the ultimate responsibility for securing the extremist group's lasting defeat on a regional coalition of Middle East countries.

  • Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration...

  • Boehner expresses support for 'certain' White House options to combat Islamic State

    But the House speaker stopped short of saying he would back a plan to bomb the terrorist group.

  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    The move downplays the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night.

  • Wreckage scattered in Ukraine as inquiry released

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A child's jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still lay strewn Tuesday across the fields of eastern...

  • McConnell: President should ask Congress before bombing Islamic State

    "The view of myself and most of my members is, the president should be seeking congressional approval, period, for whatever he decides to do," the Senate majority leader said.

  • GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that seeking congressional approval would be good for the...

  • Obama speech will lay out 'offensive phase' against Islamic State

    The president's speech at 9 p.m., a high-volume viewing time, means that the president believes that fighting Islamic State is a "high national security priority," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday.

  • White House disputes Sotloff family's claims

    "That information does not match the information that I'm currently aware of," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday during his daily briefing.

  • Under militia power, Libya closer to failed state

    CAIRO (AP) — After three years of chaos since Moammar Gadhafi's fall, Libya is further crumbling into a failed state after Islamist-allied militias took over the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, driving out a parliament that was elected over the summer. The...

  • Tough road ahead for Iraq leader after govt formed

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has a daunting task ahead of him: With the world watching, the Shiite politician must unify a deeply divided country against Sunni militants who have seized much of its territory. First, though, he must find officials to run the defense...

  • French president going to Iraq later this week

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is going to Iraq on Friday to help prepare an international conference in support of the country's efforts to fight off violent extremists advancing in the country. The announcement Tuesday from Hollande's office came after a meeting with the...



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