08/23/14 10:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, President Barack Obama has resisted the pull of potential U.S. military action in Syria. He has held firm even as the civil war's death toll climbed toward 200,000, the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians and Islamic State militants...
08/22/14 08:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. "We're not going to be restricted...
By Mona Charen | 08/22/14 05:14 PM
The great task for a leader of the United States, President Obama appears to believe, is to get out of history's way.
By Ed Sykes | 08/22/14 04:13 PM
A White House spokesman said Friday it is committed to seeing "that justice is done" for the killing of American journalist Jim Foley by Islamist militants earlier this week.
By Susan Crabtree | 08/22/14 02:31 PM
A senior White House official said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has gained more power and pose a greater threat now than they did when President Obama referred to them as a 'JV' team in an interview eight months ago.
08/22/14 01:47 PM
GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented...
08/21/14 03:01 PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. His deadly stockpile has been destroyed, but he has stayed in power, bought time and gotten world powers to engage him. Along the way, global disapproval...
By Becket Adams | 08/21/14 11:44 AM
MSNBC host Chris Matthews was not at all impressed Wednesday evening with President Obama's earlier statement on the ISIS beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.
By Ed Sykes | 08/21/14 09:59 AM
In a statement Wednesday, White House officials said that earlier this summer, President Obama authorized a mission to recover American hostages in Syria.
By Charles Hoskinson | 08/21/14 08:07 AM
The president's statement was all just part of a disturbing pattern of tough talk as a substitute for action.
By Susan Crabtree | 08/20/14 07:51 PM
International outrage over the grisly beheading of an American journalist is forcing President Obama's hand in Iraq, intensifying pressure to confront ISIS in a broader way than the defensive airstrikes he has authorized so far.
08/20/14 11:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said...
By Susan Crabtree | 08/20/14 07:16 PM
The U.S. military recently launched a failed rescue operation aimed at freeing hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, including American journalist James Foley, the White House and the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday evening.
By Washington Examiner | 08/20/14 02:59 PM
When the book is closed on the Middle Eastern caliphate established this summer by the ISIS terrorist group, historians may view Aug. 19, 2014, as the turning point in this monster's existence.
08/20/14 01:01 PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said....
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