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  • Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration...

  • 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.

  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    The move downplays the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night.

  • Wreckage scattered in Ukraine as inquiry released

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A child's jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still lay strewn Tuesday across the fields of eastern...

  • McConnell: President should ask Congress before bombing Islamic State

    "The view of myself and most of my members is, the president should be seeking congressional approval, period, for whatever he decides to do," the Senate majority leader said.

  • GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that seeking congressional approval would be good for the...

  • Obama speech will lay out 'offensive phase' against Islamic State

    The president's speech at 9 p.m., a high-volume viewing time, means that the president believes that fighting Islamic State is a "high national security priority," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday.

  • White House disputes Sotloff family's claims

    "That information does not match the information that I'm currently aware of," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday during his daily briefing.

  • Under militia power, Libya closer to failed state

    CAIRO (AP) — After three years of chaos since Moammar Gadhafi's fall, Libya is further crumbling into a failed state after Islamist-allied militias took over the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, driving out a parliament that was elected over the summer. The...

  • Tough road ahead for Iraq leader after govt formed

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has a daunting task ahead of him: With the world watching, the Shiite politician must unify a deeply divided country against Sunni militants who have seized much of its territory. First, though, he must find officials to run the defense...

  • French president going to Iraq later this week

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is going to Iraq on Friday to help prepare an international conference in support of the country's efforts to fight off violent extremists advancing in the country. The announcement Tuesday from Hollande's office came after a meeting with the...

  • US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it launched five more airstrikes in support of Iraqi government troops and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha Dam against fighters of the Islamic State group that controls parts of northern and western Iraq. Central Command says that a combination of...

  • People flee advancing Islamic militants in Nigeria

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Residents who feared for their lives and fled from Nigeria on Tuesday said that Boko Haram fighters are patrolling 50 kilometers (32 miles) of road between two of several towns the Islamic extremists have seized alongside northeast Nigeria's border with Cameroon. Mubi, the...

  • 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...

  • On Islamic State, public opinion shift gives Obama chance to lead from behind

    The president does not have to issue a grand rallying cry against the Islamic State. All he has to do is follow American public opinion.



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