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  • AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group....

  • VIDEO: John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill on strategy to defeat the Islamic State

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified in front of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday on the United States' strategy to defeat the Islamic State.

  • Conditions stalk Obama's uncertain coalition

    A leader who can create and lead an effective international coalition must back words with action, and he must lead from the front, not from behind.

  • Here are five of Joe Biden's greatest hits

    It shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to hear Vice President Joe Biden engaging in controversial and/or offensive speech. Indeed, he's infamous for this sort of thing.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Make mine multilateral? Not necessarily

    There's a widespread assumption that most Americans prefer multilateral action-- acting with other nations as partners. But maybe that's not so.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq. U.S. Central Command says military forces using fighter aircraft launched two airstrikes northwest of Irbil and hit an armed...

  • Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a...

  • 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.

  • 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.



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