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  • Obama asks House to authorize training missions against Islamic State

    President Obama is seeking "limited authorization" for expanding U.S. military force in the Middle East, including some American boots on the ground, sources tell the Washington Examiner.

  • Tom Coburn calls ISIS threat 'spilled milk'

    Sen. Tom Coburn said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a situation the U.S. created and now it's "time for us to clean it up."

  • Boehner expresses support for 'certain' White House options to combat Islamic State

    But the House speaker stopped short of saying he would back a plan to bomb the terrorist group.

  • New Somali extremist leader rose amid purge

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The new leader of Somalia's al-Shabab extremist rebels, Ahmad Umar, is described as a compelling leader who is expected to maintain the Islamic militant group's violent attacks against the Mogadishu government and other targets. Umar is confronted by a stepped up...

  • What defines success or failure for Obama on foreign policy?

    Everything in Obama's history suggests that he is going to leave the job half done, so long as that gets the issue off the front pages and off the TV newscasts.

  • House will wait for Obama on Islamic State strategy

    House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday he'll wait to hear President Obama's plan for dealing with the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria before weighing in about what Congress will do.

  • Islamic State makes Americans want to bomb Syria: poll

    The support cuts across party lines, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents agreeing that airstrikes are needed in both Iraq and Syria.

  • Hagel finds Turkish help against Islamic State a tough sell

    The Obama administration sees Turkey as one of 10 core countries in the coalition it is trying to build to fight the Islamist extremist group.

  • Kerry congratulates Iraq on milestone

    Kerry plans to travel to Jordan and Saudi Arabia this week to try to build a regional coalition to help fight ISIS.

  • Americans more concerned about growing Islamic State threat

    According to a poll by CNN/ORC International, 76 percent favor additional airstrikes against the Islamic State, with 45 percent of Americans seeing it as a "very serious threat to the U.S."

  • 'Though we're better prepared, enemy far stronger than on 9/11'

    U.S. troops are back in the fight in Iraq, and the debate in Washington has shifted from how to end the current wars to whether to start a new one against a more deadly version of the same enemy.

  • Haditha Dam airstrikes not new to Iraq strategy: Hagel

    The first U.S. airstrikes to protect Iraq's Haditha Dam from ISIS do not signal the opening of a new front or widening of the American military effort in that country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

  • U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS near Haditha, Mosul dams

    "Our actions, which are in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, support Iraqi efforts to defend this critical infrastructure from" ISIS, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

  • Syrian strikes on Islamic State stronghold kill 29

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group on Saturday, killing at least 29 people, most of whom died when one of the missiles slammed into a crowded bakery, activists said. The eight airstrikes smashed parts of buildings, set...

  • Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

    QAA, Lebanon (AP) — Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Where Does Rand Stand?

    Manchester, N.H. Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail Friday afternoon, the Kentucky senator...

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  • ‘American Leadership at Its Best’

    In his September 10 speech to the nation, President Obama said, “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf...

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  • A War President—Sort of

    On September 10, President Barack Obama announced in a prime-time television address that the United States would be going to war—sort of. He explained that terrorists in Iraq and Syria threatened...

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