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  • Candidates struggle on ISIS

    After the president laid out a four-part strategy involving continued airstrikes and ground support to moderate rebels, many campaigns responded to the president with a mix of cautious optimism and criticism.

  • Obama on Sept. 11: 'America endures'

    "Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud," Obama said from the Pentagon, marking the attack on the nation's defense headquarters.

  • Thirteen years later, America has lost ground

    Islamic terrorists are in a much stronger position today than they were 13 years ago -- not "on the run," or "decimated," or set back even slightly by the death of Osama bin Laden.

  • This time, Obama didn't ask for permission on airstrikes

    One year after he abandoned a bid for congressional approval of Syrian airstrikes, President Obama saved himself from another rebuke in an address to the nation Wednesday.

  • Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq

    If there's one thing America's misadventure in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 taught everyone, it is that things can go terribly wrong when the U.S. intervenes in a foreign environment with deep sectarian divisions, an ineffectual government, armed factions, and the general complexities of the Middle...

  • Obama's speech leaves war powers question unresolved

    In a speech to the American people, Obama said that military action in Libya would last days, not months but it ended up continuing in some form for nearly seven months.

  • Obama: 'Relentless' campaign to destroy ISIS

    The president who ran to end the Iraq war announced a broad, aggressive military campaign in the region to stop a new terrorist threat on the eve of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Read all of Obama's speech on the Islamic State

    "My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL."

  • Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut....

  • Obama to promise no 'combat troops' for anti-ISIS fight

    "Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy," Obama plans to stress.

  • Even the Bush White House polled better than this

    With Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday night, trust in the nation's elected leaders to deal effectively with issues overseas has fallen to just 43 percent, an all-time low.

  • Attacks kill 30 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, mainly car bombings targeting security forces and markets, killed at least 30 people Wednesday in Iraq's capital, authorities said. The deadliest attack took place when twin car bombs hit a police checkpoint near a pet market, killing at least 19 people,...

  • Raw: Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Iraq

    Twin car bombs at a traffic police checkpoint and nearby markets in a neighborhood known as New Baghdad killed at least 19 people on Wednesday, Iraqi officials said. (Sept. 10) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Checkpoint location, New Baghdad 1. People gathered near crater caused by...

  • What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    BEIRUT (AP) — If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what they could offer: GULF STATES Oil-rich U.S. allies in the...

  • France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

    PARIS (AP) — France offered Wednesday to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed, but insisted on a more careful tack for Syria. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against militants from the Islamic State group, which he...



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