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  • US jets roar over Kurdish, ISIS terrorist battlefield

    US jets roar over Kurdish, ISIS terrorist battlefield

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:47:48 GMT
     Kurds retake land from ISIS terrorists in deadly fighting on the way to the big prize of Mosul. 
     Kurds retake land from ISIS terrorists in deadly fighting on the way to the big prize of Mosul. 
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:42:41 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

    Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:42:09 GMT
    When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large...
    The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas,...
  • Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:02:54 GMT
    Iraqi lawmakers say the country's prime minister has made his decision on the remaining posts in his Cabinet, including the critical positions of interior minister and defense minister.
    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air...
  • Defense sec., Joint Chiefs chair hint at sending ground troops

    Defense sec., Joint Chiefs chair hint at sending ground troops

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:54:54 GMT
     Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. military advisers to Iraqi forces could eventually accompany those troops on combat missions if there is a need.
     Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. military advisers to Iraqi forces could eventually accompany those troops on combat missions if there is a need.
  • Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

    Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:03:47 GMT
    Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
    Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
  • UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:03:33 GMT
    The U.N. commission investigating war crimes in Syria says President Bashar Assad's government is committing the bulk of atrocities inside the war-torn country, exceeding the toll from the horrific massacres...
    As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has...
  • Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:42:28 GMT
    A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people.
    A Syrian military plane crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of its residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S....
  • As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:31:48 GMT
    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
  • AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:22:18 GMT
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:29 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...
  • Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

    Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:31:38 GMT
    Reconnaissance planes at the ready, France called together diplomats to come up with a coherent global strategy Monday to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of...
    As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier...
  • US creating programs to counter extremists

    US creating programs to counter extremists

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:52:04 GMT
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq.
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder...
  • Man accused of IS membership on trial in Germany

    Man accused of IS membership on trial in Germany

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:21:24 GMT
    A 20-year-old German man is going on trial in Frankfurt accused of being a member of the extremist Islamic State group.
    A 20-year-old German man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.
  • U.S. calls for action against ISIS by other other countries

    U.S. calls for action against ISIS by other other countries

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-09-15 14:51:56 GMT

    Allies and partners of the U.S., Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy ISIS, which has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

    Allies and partners of the U.S., Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy ISIS, which has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

  • Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

    Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:21:16 GMT
    By DAN PERRY Associated Press The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding...
    By DAN PERRY Associated Press The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of...
  • Austria plans to forbid Islamic extremist symbols

    Austria plans to forbid Islamic extremist symbols

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:20 AM EDT2014-09-15 10:20:48 GMT
    Austria plans to introduce a law banning symbols of the Islamic State group and 18 other extremist groups.
    Austria plans to introduce a law banning symbols of the Islamic State group and 18 other extremist groups.
  • Global leaders convene to discuss Islamic State group

    Global leaders convene to discuss Islamic State group

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:56 AM EDT2014-09-15 08:56:58 GMT

    Both the U.S. and Britain have said destroying ISIS is not something they can do alone.

    Both the U.S. and Britain have said destroying ISIS is not something they can do alone.

  • Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:50 GMT
    Prime Minister David Cameron is summoning military and security chiefs for an emergency meeting in response to the beheading of a British hostage and a threat against another.
    Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.
  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:40:07 GMT
    As the United States works to assemble a coalition against the Islamic State group, the White House is trying to make clear what a successful outcome would be.
    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.
  • Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

    Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:27:09 GMT
    Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group.
    Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group.
  • Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:10:14 GMT
    A video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year.
    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an...
  • Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:09:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is condemning as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
  • Another hostage beheaded by ISIS in new video

    Another hostage beheaded by ISIS in new video

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:09:07 GMT
    The family of British aid worker David Haines pleaded for his life earlier Saturday. Just hours later, his death became public. 
    The family of British aid worker David Haines pleaded for his life earlier Saturday. Just hours later, his death became public. 
  • Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

    Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:49:34 GMT
    The family of a British aid worker believed to be held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.
    The family of a British aid worker believed held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.
  • After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

    After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

    Saturday, September 13 2014 5:39 AM EDT2014-09-13 09:39:24 GMT
    Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed...
    Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free...
  • Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:59 AM EDT2014-09-13 08:59:19 GMT
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early...
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next...
  • Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

    Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 07:49:27 GMT
    Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now...
    Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to...
  • Foreign fighters are swelling ISIS ranks in startling numbers

    Foreign fighters are swelling ISIS ranks in startling numbers

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-09-13 02:56:28 GMT

    The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq. 

    The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq. 

  • Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

    Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:39:43 GMT
    Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair.
    Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair.
  • Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

    Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:59:02 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande is en route to Iraq, as his country prepares possible airstrikes with a U.S.-led coalition against extremists who have seized territory around the region.
    France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister said after talks with the French president...
  • Syrian troops capture key central town

    Syrian troops capture key central town

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-09-12 13:39:12 GMT
    The Syrian army and an activist group say government forces have captured a central town that has changed hands several times during the civil war.
    Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday.
  • House members want vote on terrorism operation

    House members want vote on terrorism operation

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:18 AM EDT2014-09-12 08:18:19 GMT

     House members in both parties want a vote on approving military action against ISIS in the Middle East. 

     House members in both parties want a vote on approving military action against ISIS in the Middle East. 

  • Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:58:25 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia to try to pin down Middle Eastern allies on what support they will give to worldwide efforts to beat back the Islamic State militant group that has seized large...
    Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside...
  • UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria

    UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:09:13 GMT
    Fiji says its 45 United Nations peacekeepers being held captive in Syria are shown in a new video posted on YouTube.
    Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the U.N.'s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of...
  • Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:28:48 GMT
    U.S. officials say retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play.
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will...
  • Cameron's office overrules UK minister on Syria

    Cameron's office overrules UK minister on Syria

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:48:51 GMT
    Britain won't participate in any airstrikes on Syria but otherwise is ruling nothing out as it considers how to support President Barack Obama's plan to root out the Islamic State group, the British foreign...
    Hours after Britain's foreign minister said the country wouldn't participate in any airstrikes on Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron's office overruled the comment Thursday and stressed that the government...
  • Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

    Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:30:31 GMT
    In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred.
    In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred.
  • Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

    Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:08:35 GMT
    Syrian activist groups say government airstrikes on a northern town controlled by the extremist Islamic State group have killed at least 11 people.
    Syrian government airstrikes, including one on a crowded sheep market, killed at least 11 people on Thursday in a northern town controlled by the Islamic State group, activists said.
  • Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

    Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-11 14:08:15 GMT
    Syria's main Western-backed opposition group has welcomed President Barack Obama's authorization of U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group inside Syria for the first time.
    Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group, while a state-run Syrian daily...
  • Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-09-11 07:18:17 GMT
    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal...
    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the...
  • Obama sending 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Obama sending 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-09-11 04:01:06 GMT
    President Barack Obama said he will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to combat the threat from the Islamic State. (Source: The White House/CNN)President Barack Obama said he will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to combat the threat from the Islamic State. (Source: The White House/CNN)

    President Barack Obama said he will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to combat the threat from the Islamic State, or ISIS.


    President Barack Obama said he will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to combat the threat from the Islamic State, or ISIS.


  • Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 03:17:49 GMT
    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to...
    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to combat...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:27:59 GMT
    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military...
    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions...
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:19:04 GMT

    In an address to the nation, Obama also announced he was dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to assist that country's besieged security forces.

    Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless...
  • Remarks of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on ISIS

    Remarks of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on ISIS

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:47:11 GMT
    President Barack Obama from the White House on Wednesday. (Source: CNN) President Barack Obama from the White House on Wednesday. (Source: CNN)

    In full, the remarks of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Sept. 10, 2014 from Washington, D.C.

    In full, the remarks of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Sept. 10, 2014 from Washington, D.C.

  • Obama says military campaign will take time

    Obama says military campaign will take time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:17:57 GMT
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
  • Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:09:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic...
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities.
  • Australians arrest 2 in terror investigation

    Australians arrest 2 in terror investigation

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-09-11 00:00:00 GMT
    Terror-related arrests include the brother of Australia's first suicide bomber who died in Syria. 
    Terror-related arrests include the brother of Australia's first suicide bomber who died in Syria. 
  • Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:58:20 GMT
    House Republicans have rebuffed President Barack Obama's private request for authority to train moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State group militants in Syria. They have also turned aside his appeal...
    In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists...
  • US State Dept. combats ISIS social media campaigns

    US State Dept. combats ISIS social media campaigns

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:40:40 GMT
    The U.S. State Department is using social media to combat Islamic State's digital outreach campaign. 
    The U.S. State Department is using social media to combat Islamic State's digital outreach campaign. 
  • What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:47:42 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to travel to the Middle East this week, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to try to line up support for a coalition to take on the extremist Islamic State group. His trip...
    If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what...
  • Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

    Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:47:39 GMT
    An ultraconservative Syrian rebel group says it has named new leaders, a day after an explosion killed nearly a dozen of its top members.
    A Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed a dozen of its senior figures in a devastating blow to one of the most powerful factions in the...
  • Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-10 14:28:28 GMT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq.
  • Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

    Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:56:55 GMT
    An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little.
    An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little.
  • No end in sight for America's Mideast war duties

    No end in sight for America's Mideast war duties

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:06 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:06:57 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their...
  • Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-09-09 23:58:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday to discuss his plans for expanding U.S. efforts to confront militants in Iraq and Syria.
    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...
  • Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

    Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:29:58 GMT
    Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.
    President Barack Obama said Saturday that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue of immigration and led him to put off a pledge to use executive action that...
  • Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

    Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:46:59 GMT
    Syria's state-run news agency SANA says mortar attacks on the capital Damascus and its suburbs have killed five people and wounded 22.
    The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country's already shaky armed...
  • US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

    US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-09-09 17:58:25 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • French imams to use pulpit against Islamic State

    French imams to use pulpit against Islamic State

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-09-09 13:46:15 GMT
    French Muslim leaders are calling on imams to use their pulpit to weigh against the Islamic State group and offer a message of support for Christians in the Middle East.
    French Muslim leaders called Tuesday for the nation's imams to use their pulpits against the Islamic State group and offer a message of support for Christians in the Middle East.
  • US faces Arab reluctance in Islamic State fight

    US faces Arab reluctance in Islamic State fight

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 1:46 AM EDT2014-09-09 05:46:26 GMT
    Stitching together a broad coalition to tackle the extremist Islamic State group hinges on overcoming the reluctance of U.S. allies in the Middle East who are deeply frustrated with a White House they believe has...
    Stitching together a broad coalition to tackle the extremist Islamic State group hinges on overcoming the reluctance of U.S. allies in the Middle East who are deeply frustrated with a White House they believe has been...
  • Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

    Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

    Monday, September 8 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 02:46:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still...
  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority

    New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-09-08 13:37:22 GMT
    In his first speech as U.N. human rights chief, Zeid al-Hussein has called Syria a "slaughterhouse" and the Islamic State group sprung from the civil war's chaos an unprecedented force of violence against...
    The world's No. 1 human rights priority should be bringing an urgent end to the gruesome conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the new head of the U.N.'s human rights office said Monday.
  • Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

    Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:14:50 GMT
    An Iraqi army spokesman says the governor of the country's contested Anbar province has been wounded during fighting with Islamic State militants.
    The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the...
  • Syrian strikes on Islamic State stronghold kill 29

    Syrian strikes on Islamic State stronghold kill 29

    Saturday, September 6 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-09-06 18:54:17 GMT
    Activists say Syrian airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group have killed at least 13 civilians.
    Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group on Saturday, killing at least 29 people, most of whom died when one of the missiles slammed into a crowded bakery, activists...
  • French ex-hostage identifies captor in Syria

    French ex-hostage identifies captor in Syria

    Saturday, September 6 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-09-06 17:13:58 GMT
    A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his abductors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum earlier this year.
    A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria identified one of his captors Saturday as a Frenchman suspected of later killing four at the Brussels Jewish Museum, saying the militant had took sadistic...
  • AP Analysis: US wary over hitting Syrian militants

    AP Analysis: US wary over hitting Syrian militants

    Saturday, September 6 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-09-06 07:18:16 GMT
    The U.S. and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt to destroy the militants or even seriously degrade their capabilities means...
    The U.S. and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt to destroy the militants or even seriously degrade their capabilities means targeting their...
  • GOP senator seeks new authority against militants

    GOP senator seeks new authority against militants

    Friday, September 5 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-05 20:23:53 GMT
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing to give the president authority to use all necessary force against Islamic state militants in Iraq and Syria.
    The senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing legislation authorizing the president to use military force against Islamic state militants in Iraq, Syria and wherever else they threaten U.S....
  • Obama: NATO agrees on action against Islamic State

    Obama: NATO agrees on action against Islamic State

    Friday, September 5 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-05 16:29:42 GMT
    President Barack Obama says NATO members unanimously agree on the need for immediate action against Islamic State militants because they pose a threat to members of the alliance.
    President Barack Obama says NATO members unanimously agree on the need for immediate action against Islamic State militants because they pose a threat to members of the alliance.
  • US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State

    US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:25:54 GMT
    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say they will "not be cowed" by the Islamic militants who have killed two American journalists.
    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the "brutal and poisonous" Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria - and urged...
  • Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaida on doorstep

    Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaida on doorstep

    Thursday, September 4 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-09-04 15:43:16 GMT
    For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaida fighters are hunkered down on Israel's doorstep, and Israelis in the lush, hilly Golan Heights who have long considered Syrian President Bashar Assad their...
    For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaida fighters are hunkered down on Israel's doorstep, and Israelis in the lush, hilly Golan Heights who have long considered Syrian President Bashar Assad their bitter...
  • Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

    Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

    Thursday, September 4 2014 5:33 AM EDT2014-09-04 09:33:47 GMT
    Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted...
    Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through...
  • Leaders seek united front vs. Islamic militants

    Leaders seek united front vs. Islamic militants

    Thursday, September 4 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-09-04 07:42:02 GMT
    World leaders, nervously eyeing a growing threat from Islamic State militants, will seek to build a united front this week against the violent extremist group and keep it from creeping beyond its borders.
    World leaders, nervously eyeing a growing threat from Islamic State militants, will seek to build a united front this week against the violent extremist group and keep it from creeping beyond its borders.
  • Family says slain reporter gave voice to voiceless

    Family says slain reporter gave voice to voiceless

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-09-04 01:13:22 GMT
    The family of a journalist slain by Islamic State militants says Steven Sotloff dedicated his life to portraying the suffering of people in war zones, but was "no hero."
    The family of a journalist slain by Islamic State militants says Steven Sotloff dedicated his life to portraying the suffering of people in war zones, but was "no hero."
  • Biden: We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

    Biden: We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:03:29 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden says America will follow the terrorists who have killed two journalists "to the gates of hell."
    Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said America will follow the terrorists who posted videos showing the beheading of two journalists "to the gates of hell."
  • Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

    Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-09-03 16:54:34 GMT
    The White House says it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the...
  • 13 civilians killed in bus attack in eastern Syria

    13 civilians killed in bus attack in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-09-03 13:44:29 GMT
    Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in...
    A Syrian government airstrike hit a bus carrying civilians in eastern Syria on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people, most of them children, opposition activists said.
  • Should Fiji troops be in Syria as UN peacekeepers?

    Should Fiji troops be in Syria as UN peacekeepers?

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 4:42 AM EDT2014-09-03 08:42:41 GMT
    For years, Fiji's tiny military force has carried out two high-profile tasks: Leading coups, and peacekeeping. It's a mix that has drawn questions - now more than ever, with 45 Fijian troops captured by...
    For years, Fiji's tiny military force has carried out two high-profile tasks: Leading coups, and peacekeeping. It's a mix that has drawn questions - now more than ever, with 45 Fijian troops captured by Syrian...
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:12:05 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...
  • Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:55:26 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American...
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist...
  • ISIS claims beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

    ISIS claims beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:01:52 GMT

    The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday that it claimed shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

    The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday that it claimed shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

  • A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

    A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:42:49 GMT
    The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what...
    The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger...
  • Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

    Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:22:19 GMT
    Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the...
    Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing...
  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:01:01 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels are clashing with government troops in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week.
    Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
  • Journalist speaks after release from Syrian militants

    Journalist speaks after release from Syrian militants

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:26:10 GMT

    Peter Curtis' release came days after ISIS militants executed another journalist, James Foley. The execution was meant as a warning to the U.S. government, to stop its airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

    Peter Curtis' release came days after ISIS militants executed another journalist, James Foley. The execution was meant as a warning to the U.S. government, to stop its airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

  • Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:29:39 GMT
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. 
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. 
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

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    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
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  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:42:41 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...
  • S. Korea detain US man in waters near border

    S. Korea detain US man in waters near border

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:44 GMT
    An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea.
    South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.
  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:42 GMT
    A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the...
    The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.
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