New air strikes in Syria, Iraq part of war plan

New air strikes in Syria, Iraq part of war plan

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 week, officials say. In Syria, U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets and air defense threats […]

Islamic fanatics regrouping to regain offensive

Islamic fanatics regrouping to regain offensive

U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can […]

Obama: Airstrikes, humanitarian aid continue in Iraq

Obama: Airstrikes, humanitarian aid continue in Iraq

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands trapped on a mountaintop but said the situation “remains dire” throughout the country. Obama also said U.S. airstrikes would continue to protect […]

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Declaring that “America is coming to help,” President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians. The threat to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war came in […]

Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

The three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the DIA’s civilian deputy director, David Shedd, announced […]