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  • Obama: House vote a 'step forward' in combating Islamic State

    President Obama praised House lawmakers Wednesday for authorizing his administration to train and equip Syrian opposition forces, calling the lower chamber's action an "important step forward" in fighting the Islamic State.

  • Manchin will vote no on funding bill that authorizes 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.

  • US hones in on homegrown ISIS threat

    The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says at least one foreign fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has already traveled in and out of the United States before committing a suicide bombing overseas.

  • Trey Gowdy: New Benghazi panel vital to finding truth about attacks

    "I am willing to reconsider previously held beliefs, in light of new facts and evidence, and I would encourage my colleagues and others to do the same," the South Carolina Republican said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NYPD boss: Islamic State group threat expanding

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information...

  • 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.

  • Man sentenced in bomb threat outside White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to time served for parking his truck outside the White House and falsely saying that it contained a bomb. Forty-five-year-old Krzysztof Wasik of Hazle Township in eastern Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of threatening and...

  • Senate Republicans support Obama's Islamic State plan

    Senate Republicans say they will support President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if some of their GOP colleagues in the House have significant reservations.

  • 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.

  • John Boehner: ISIS bill first step in defeating the terrorists

    "I just think that if our goal here is to destroy [the Islamic State], we've got to do more than train a few folks in Syria and train a few folks in Iraq and dropping a few bombs," the House speaker told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday.

  • This chart shows exactly which countries are spawning fighters for ISIS

    Did you know that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been drawing a fair number of combatants from Belgium?

  • House Republicans drafting resolution to authorize training of Syrian rebels

    The resolution would not authorize any money, but would allow contributions from foreign governments, a senior House Armed Services Committee aide said.

  • Pelosi gives GOP leaders kudos for ISIS bill

    The House minority leader applauded Republicans for a bill that would approve President Obama's request to support Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.



From the Weekly Standard