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  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Pentagon pressed on why there's no strategy to defeat ISIS

    President Obama's gaffe Thursday that "we don't have a strategy" for a broader fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is putting pressure on the Pentagon as reporters ask: Why not? "The question presumes that we're not doing anything, that there's no sense of urgency in the...

  • VIDEO: ISIS solution is 'not just going to be military'

    "You can't completely eliminate extremism anywhere through simply kinetics, through airstrikes alone," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

  • Obama's 'no strategy' remark sends supporters into tailspinning damage control

    Although President Obama is no stranger to the occasional careless remark, he has in recent months forced his most ardent supporters to defend an unusual number of missteps.

  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about...

  • Back to fundraising for Obama

    Planning strategy to deal with the terrorist rebels in Syria will take a back seat to fundraising Friday, as President Obama takes a two-state trip to raise cash for a couple of Democratic groups.

  • 'No strategy' a gift-wrapped gaffe that could haunt Obama

    Rather than the average inartful comment that disappears after a few news cycles, the no-strategy line could help cement charges that Obama lacks the competency to handle multiple crises at once.

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between...

  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before...

  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The slayings were the latest...

  • Obama on ISIS: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

    Obama has been under pressure to expand U.S. bombings from Iraq to Syria, but his advisers remain divided about the prospect of military intervention there.

  • McConnell: Get a strategy, 'exercise some leadership'

    Reacting to President Obama's White House Briefing Room statement about still lacking a strategy to take on rebels in Syria, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged action and said Congress is ready to back the president up--if he has a plan.

  • VIDEO: Experts weigh in on ISIS

    As ISIS expands, the experts say, it will face new challenges, but could also gain new ground.

  • Pew: Obama not 'tough enough'

    A majority of Americans don't believe that President Obama is tough enough with foreign foes, feeding their concerns that the world has become a far more dangerous place, according to the Pew.

  • Editorial cartoon: Back, reptile

    Cartoon by Steve Breen/Creators Syndicate.



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