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  • Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some...

  • Kurdish fighters pour into Syria to fight Islamic State

    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters entered Syria from Turkey and Iraq Saturday to defend Syrian Kurds from attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces.

  • Panetta: U.S. needed to stay in Iraq, too slow engaging in Syria

    In an interview scheduled to air Sunday evening, the former Secretary of Defense told CBS News' "60 Minutes" he did not believe it was the right thing to do to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq in December of 2011.

  • Obama: 'It's the world' against the Islamic State

    Obama's weekly address focused on his plans to address the continued threat from the Islamic State.

  • Zogby Report Card: Too cautious to be FDR, but winning

    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama isn't anything like the Roosevelts in Ken Burns' television special but is steadily winning his big battles.

  • Obama signs short-term funding bill

    President Obama signed legislation Friday that keeps the government funded through mid-December and authorizes his administration to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • General: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters that so far the targets American...

  • House GOP leader says U.S. may need to send special forces to fight the Islamic State

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday he believes the United States will have to do more to defeat Islamic terrorists in the Middle East than conducting airstrikes and training Syrian rebels.

  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The...

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey...

  • WH: U.S. 'vigilant' against threat to airliners

    The White House declined to comment directly on reports of a terrorist threat to U.S. airlines from another band of extremists in Syria called Khorasan, saying that the intelligence community remains "vigilant" about all threats from Syria.

  • House veterans divided on Syria measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against...

  • Kerry: Assad used chlorine gas on Syrian rebels

    Syria's Bashar Assad has violated last year's chemical weapons pact by using chlorine gas in the civil war raging in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

  • Nearly 3 million Syrian children not in school

    BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity group said Thursday, as the country's intractable conflict threatens to deny an entire a generation of education. Syria's civil war has killed more...

  • White House weighs Syria travel restrictions

    The Obama administration is considering restricting or revoking passports held by Americans suspected of fighting for the Islamic State.



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