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  • Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A cease-fire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month. Col....

  • Airstrikes in Syria: US, Arab allies hit IS sites

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the U.S. simultaneously targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and other Western...

  • US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday. On...

  • Next Afghan leader seeks influence in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before becoming president-elect of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States, using his ties to the West to seek influence in Washington. Since May, Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three...

  • Here's Obama's letter to Boehner explaining the White House's authority to launch airstrikes in Syria

    Shortly after President Obama's address on his decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State, the White House released the text of a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner explaining the White House's supposed authority to take action in Syria without congressional consent and approval.

  • Obama admin creates Korean land mine exception

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The White House, Pentagon and State Department...

  • Iran leader: Strikes in Syria illegal, no gov't OK

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government. Meeting with a group of senior editors on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly...

  • Pentagon: Strikes on Islamic militants to continue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are the beginning of a "credible and sustainable, persistent" campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group. Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells...

  • Obama: Arab allies send 'powerful message' in ISIS fight

    President Obama thanked the U.S. military and regional Arab allies for their airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets inside Syria and said that the bombing campaign also targeted an al Qaeda group known to be planning attacks against the United States.

  • Afghanistan's Karzai takes one last swipe at US

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take one last swipe at the United States, capping a long-testy relationship with the accusation that America hasn't wanted peace in Afghanistan. The U.S. ambassador called the comments...

  • U.S.: We didn't 'coordinate' with Assad on airstrikes

    The State Department said Tuesday that the U.S. had "informed" the Syrian government about plans to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets inside Syria but did not request permission, coordinate with Damascus or give any indication of timing.

  • Top Senate Democrat praises Syrian airstrike coalition

    "I support President Obama's decision to strike [Islamic State] targets within Syria," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said in a statement issued Tuesday.

  • U.S. swears off landmines, except for use in Korea

    The United States will not use landmines outside of Korea and will destroy any stocks not used for the defense of South Korea, bringing it closer to compliance with a 1999 treaty outlawing that class of military weapon, the White House said Tuesday. The U.S. is one of 36 nations that have not...

  • McKeon backs Syria airstrikes

    McKeon has been a strong supporter of action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, saying the U.S. must "go all-in" to defeat it.

  • Report: Extremist threats more advanced and diffused

    The report notes that homegrown extremists remain a threat, and there are emerging threats from new technologies, such as cyberterrorism and the use of social media to recruit potential terrorists, as well as the persistent desire of extremists to gain control of chemical, biological or nuclear...



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