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  • Obama aide: 'Doctors and pharmacists' now ready to fight

    The civilian fighters in Syria are "getting better and more capable," Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said.

  • McCaul: Obama delayed on Islamic State as he pondered legacy

    "The bottom line is, ISIS does not fit in the president's narrative," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

  • Arab allies willing to launch airstrikes against Islamic State

    A number of Arab nations are offering to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, American officials say.

  • Former top general in Afghanistan to head coalition against Islamic State

    John R. Allen, who retired from the Marine Corps last year as a four-star general, "will help build and sustain the coalition so it can operate across multiple lines of effort in order to degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement this...

  • Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the new fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists....

  • Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed the Rubicon of airstrikes in...

  • Islamic State group name raises objection

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State — and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced its rebranding. He declared that the...

  • Rubio criticizes Obama on foreign policy

    Sen. Marco Rubio argued President Obama's foreign policy is isolationist, joining a growing list of Republican presidential hopefuls hoping to land a punch over current problems overseas.

  • Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit have sent a letter to the country's military chief and prime minister saying they refuse to serve for moral reasons. The letter from soldiers in Unit 8200 — Israel's equivalent of the eavesdropping,...

  • Putin pounces as Obama focuses on Mideast

    It's a pattern many analysts have noticed in Putin's behavior: wait until the U.S. is tied up with another crisis -- this time with mounting tensions against the Islamic State -- then pounce.

  • Capitol Hill Republicans want broader strategy to combat ISIS

    "I want this to be successful. And I want to do everything I can as one senator to ensure that that is the case," said Sen. Bob Corker.

  • Faith in the Republican Party's ability to fight terrorism is at an all-time high

    The president's foot-dragging and seeming lack of a coherent strategy for foreign policy, has likely led to the collapse of voter confidence in Democrats.

  • House inches toward approving ISIS request

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, voiced support for Obama's request, even as he criticized his Islamic State strategy for being insufficient to ultimately defeat the terrorist organization.

  • Poll: Most Americans fear oil exports would raise gas prices

    Fifty-two percent of respondents to a survey by the Morning Consult said they think sending crude abroad would cause more pain at the pump, though more support (38 percent) rather than oppose (34 percent) ending a 39-year-old ban on exporting oil.

  • Obama to lawmakers: Crimea is 'gone'

    "I was in a meeting in the White House a few weeks ago, and the president was giving us a synopsis of the problems around the world, and I said, 'You didn't mention Crimea. Is that just gone?' And the basic answer was, 'Yeah, that's gone,'" Rep. Buck McKeon told an audience at the American...



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