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  • Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks as legal grounding for its overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate inside Syria. But...

  • Kaine 'confident' of vote on Syria

    Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, appearing at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event, said he has talked privately with Congressional leaders and "there is a strong belief" that Congress must vote on a new authorization measure.

  • 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...

  • FLASHBACK: An Obama campaign taunt that sounds terrible in retrospect

    There was a time when the president and his allies repeatedly mocked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election for the Republican candidate's numerous warnings on Syria, the Middle East, and general unrest aboard.

  • 'Imminent' threat from new terror group emerges as first target in Syria strikes

    The first targets of U.S. air and missile strikes in Syria late Monday were bases of an Islamist extremist group that had received little mention amid the focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria but that U.S. officials now say posed an imminent threat to the homeland.

  • UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security." In opening remarks at a climate summit press conference Tuesday, Ban urged world leaders gathered in New York...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Republicans offer tepid praise for airstrikes in Syria

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, commended the five Arab countries who have joined in on the airstrikes while others offered limited praise while continuing to slam President Obama for failing to take action sooner.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U.S. begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

    The Pentagon announced Monday that U.S. and coalition nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.



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