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  • 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...

  • Hoyer: 'Overwhelming' support for arming Syrian rebels

    "I frankly think the majority of our members are prepared to support the president's request to train and equip other nation's fighters, in Syria and in other places in the Middle East, including Iraq," said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

  • Boehner pledges to help new Iraqi Prime Minister defeat Islamic State

    Boehner's letter was in response to a Sept. 10 letter sent by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in which he outlined his vision for reforming Iraq through a more inclusive government.

  • 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...

  • War advocate: U.S. can beat Islamic State with 25,000 ground troops --- maybe

    President Obama has said many times that there will be no American combat troops on the ground to wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • FULL VIDEO: The Cruz speech everyone's talking about

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stirred controversy this week after he cut short a speech at a gala event hosted by In Defense of Christians, an advocacy group dedicated to the protection of Christian communities in the Middle East.

  • Next steps in the fight against the Islamic State

    President Obama has finally has acknowledged the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria poses, and his response â€" to begin the process of taking down this so-called caliphate â€" is welcome news.

  • Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

    PARIS (AP) — France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq — even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. The position reflects a recent shift in France's policy...

  • Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made. But Hamas says it had little choice in Gaza's...

  • GRAPHIC: How does Obama's 2014 coalition stack up to earlier coalitions?

    An Iraqi volunteer force chant slogans against the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria during training in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, June 25, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

  • UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the U.N.'s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of its 40-year-old monitoring mission there. The Fijians were...

  • Cruz hecklers slammed as 'useful idiots' by pro-Israel Christian group

    At an event hosted by In Defense of Christians, a group dedicated to the protection of Christian communities in the Middle East, the Sen. Ted Cruz abruptly ended his speech when a small but vocal group of attendees booed him after he praised Israel.

  • 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.

  • A devastating verdict on Obama speech: 'A president surrenders'

    For a devastating assessment of President Obama's Sept. 10 speech, read Walter Russell Mead's piece in his Via Meadia blog.

  • 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.



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