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  • UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday. But Stephane Dujarric told...

  • Pentagon: We didn't make it up

    The Pentagon pushed back Tuesday against accusations that the Obama administration exaggerated or fabricated the threat from the Khorasan group to justify airstrikes in Syria, saying the al Qaeda offshoot still poses a danger to U.S. interests.

  • AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight...

  • Islamic State closes in on Kurdish area of Syria

    ANTAKYA, Turkey (AP) — Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey — an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians, according to activists. Islamic...

  • Here's Benjamin Netanyahu's complete speech to the U.N.: 'Militant Islamists believe in a master faith'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pushed back against critics of Israel's war on Hamas, telling the U.N. General Assembly that his country is merely acting in self-defense.

  • Cost of war against Islamic State nears $1 billion

    A study estimates that between $780 million and $930 million has been spent since June on the campaign.

  • Obama: US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists. Obama described the U.S. intelligence assessments...

  • GOP rejects Obama's claim that intelligence advisers underestimated Islamic State

    Republican lawmakers on Monday rejected President Obama's claim in a "60 Minutes" interview that his intelligence advisers "underestimated" the growing terrorism threat in the Middle East.

  • White House's Blinken: U.S. airstrikes not helping Assad

    The use of air power and other resources from the United States and other allies, coupled with ground forces from moderate opposition rebel groups in Syria, is the way to defeat the Islamic State, Blinken said on "Fox News Sunday."

  • Obama should seek congressional authorization on campaign against the Islamic State

    Just this week, President Obama clearly expanded his strategy by beginning airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. While I was pleased to see a strong partnership with other Arab countries from the Middle East, I still do not believe a strategy, worthy of the support of Congress, has...

  • The latest war will not be free

    Our government may provide for the needs of those fighting this war, but not in a fiscally responsible way. George W. Bush launched two invasions while cutting taxes, not raising them. President Obama is happy to let Americans assume the funding for this war will come off the money tree in the...

  • US-led planes strike fighters attacking Syria town

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said. The Islamic State group's assault on the Syrian Kurdish town...

  • U.S.-led coalition launches strikes at Islamic State forces besieging Syrian town

    American-led coalition forces launched airstrikes Saturday at Islamic State fighters who were attacking Kurdish forces defending the Syrian town of Kobani.

  • US struggles to blunt Syria rebel anger at strikes

    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists in the country is only helping President Bashar Assad and that Washington is coordinating with Damascus, despite American insistence it backs the rebel...

  • Obama: U.S. welcomes 'responsibility' to help defeat world's worst enemies

    President Obama touts U.S. leadership in building coalitions to block the Islamic State and combat global warming.



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