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  • Manchin will vote no on funding bill authorizing arming Syrians

    Sen. Joe Manchin is among several Senate Democrats who are likely to vote against the government funding measure that includes authorization for President Obama to arm and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic terrorists in the Middle East.

  • Obama: U.S. forces will not have 'combat mission'

    "After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries' futures," he said. "And that's the only solution that will succeed over the long term."

  • Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S. forces again fighting on the...

  • Pelosi: No arm-twisting to get Democrats to back Syria resolution

    The California Democrat called an amendment to arm and train Syrian rebels a "vote of conscience" for her typically anti-war House Democrats, which means the leadership won't try to sway members to back it.

  • Islamic State crisis reveals Obama administration has a serious communication problem

    The rise of the ultra-violent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has revealed an unsettling truth: Top Obama administration officials do not appear to be communicating with each other as they scramble to address the growing terrorist threat.

  • Arming 'moderates': a cautionary tale

    America's short-sighted misadventure in Libya should haunt the debate in Washington as it considers arming rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

  • NY man indicted for helping ISIS

    A federal grand jury in Rochester, N.Y., has issued a seven-count indictment against 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh, a Yemen-born man and naturalized U.S. citizen, for helping the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to recruit Americans.

  • Two senators: Why the president must seek congressional approval for war

    President Obama currently lacks the authority to wage war against the Islamic State, Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Angus King, I-Maine, explained at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday.

  • House advances funding, Syria bill

    The House on Tuesday voted by a narrow margin to advance government funding legislation that includes a provision to authorize President Obama to equip and train Syrians to fight against Islamic terrorists.

  • Joint Chiefs chairman won't rule out U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops back into Iraq if the administration's coalition-building strategy fails to curb the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    GENEVA (AP) — As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war. The head...

  • House to put strict controls on US training of Syrian rebels

    The House appears likely to give President Obama the authority he sought to arm and train Syrian rebels, but without the $500 million he sought to pay for it and with strict controls.

  • Obama should ask Congress on ISIS, and Congress should tell Obama yes

    Obama should feel duty-bound to seek authority from Congress for a war, and Congress should grant him that authority when he asks.

  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group....

  • Syria resolution will be part of government funding bill

    The House will use a government spending bill as the vehicle to pass a resolution authorizing a U.S. mission to arm and train Syrian rebels against Islamic terrorists.



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