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  • Obama's speech leaves war powers question unresolved

    In a speech to the American people, Obama said that military action in Libya would last days, not months but it ended up continuing in some form for nearly seven months.

  • Obama: 'Relentless' campaign to destroy ISIS

    The president who ran to end the Iraq war announced a broad, aggressive military campaign in the region to stop a new terrorist threat on the eve of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Obama to promise no 'combat troops' for anti-ISIS fight

    "Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy," Obama plans to stress.

  • Kerry travels to Iraq

    Kerry's presence in Baghdad will give him a chance to discuss his efforts to enlist other regional governments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • Obama huddles with national security team ahead of speech

    President Obama will meet with all the major players of his national security team late Wednesday morning ahead of a national address on his plans to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, one of the most important foreign policy speeches of his presidency.

  • 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 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.

  • Does Syria's air defense have a back door?

    Syria's air defense system is so weak along its northern and western borders that U.S. authorities are brushing aside Damascus' demands that it must sign off on any U.S.-led airstrikes within its borders.

  • Feinstein on torture report's release: 'We're not there yet'

    The California Democrat said she and the White House are still haggling over redactions to the Senate's torture report with the goal of releasing it as soon as possible.

  • Kerry congratulates Iraq on milestone

    Kerry plans to travel to Jordan and Saudi Arabia this week to try to build a regional coalition to help fight ISIS.

  • White House: Obama wants more money to fight Islamic State

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama plans to consult with Congress on his plans to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State and wants them to be a "partner" and engaged in the process.

  • No easy scapegoat for Obama on foreign policy

    If Republicans make major gains in Congress in November at least in part because of President Obama's perceived weakness on foreign policy, it won't be easy for Obama to respond with a major shake-up of his national security team.

  • Dianne Feinstein denounced treachery, torture and spying on Congress

    The oldest serving senator in one of the upper chamber's most-demanding jobs, she can afford to be independent and doesn't have to worry about re-election if she decides to run again.

  • Obama to outline ISIS plans Wednesday

    President Obama plans to make a major speech to the nation Wednesday that will lay out his plans for confronting and defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to a White House spokeswoman.



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