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  • Dempsey lauds French airstrike against militants

    CAEN, France (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants. Dempsey, who was traveling in France, says the French hit a target north of Mosul, Iraq. He was not more specific. Dempsey says...

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and...

  • 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.

  • Obama huddles with national security team ahead of speech

    President Obama will meet with all the major players of his national security team late Wednesday morning ahead of a national address on his plans to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, one of the most important foreign policy speeches of his presidency.

  • Does Syria's air defense have a back door?

    Syria's air defense system is so weak along its northern and western borders that U.S. authorities are brushing aside Damascus' demands that it must sign off on any U.S.-led airstrikes within its borders.

  • U.S. should use ISIS' enemies against it

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants to address the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border” between Iraq and Syria.

  • Military boss: 'We have' ISIS strategy, and Obama ordered it

    Just a week after President Obama said that he didn’t have a strategy to fight the Islamic State, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that the military has one and it was ordered up by the commander-in-chief.

  • Syria welcomes U.S. help to fight ISIS, but on its terms

    For now, the Obama administration is fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq, but not Syria. But the administration seems to be suggesting it's open to the possibility.

  • The U.S. can, if Obama chooses wisely, lead a Middle East coalition to destroy ISIS

    Obama must pressure regional governments, especially governments that helped create the problem by funding ISIS in its war against the Syrian regime, to use those resources in a combined effort to eliminate ISIS.

  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

  • Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon, the top U.S. military officer said Monday. Shortly before...

  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. "They can be contained,...

  • Will Obama follow up on his new red line against ISIS?

    So far, it's been difficult to discern what President Obama is prepared to do about ISIS outside of staying the airstrike course in Iraq that he began two weeks ago.



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