Two-thirds of Americans back Mideast airstrikes

A third favor going beyond airstrikes and putting American military boots on the ground

Two-thirds of Americans back Mideast airstrikes

Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat the threat from Islamic extremists, yet half also think there’s a high risk of a future terrorist attack on American soil, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Americans surveyed were split on whether they approve of the way President Barack […]

Obama’s rock and a hard place with airstrikes

'I think that we would want to see an all-out war, shock and awe'- -Rep. John Fleming

Obama’s rock and a hard place with airstrikes

The White House is in a difficult spot when it comes to Syria. Not only is the United States at war with Islamic State, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes, but U.S. aircraft are also flying through the same airspace, and focused on part of the same mission,  as the Syrian Air Force. Even stranger, […]

Intelligence gaps hamper airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

Human rights groups also say coalition airstrikes have killed two dozen civilians

Intelligence gaps hamper airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials. The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and […]

More airstrikes pound IS oil sites in Syria

There were reports of casualties in the strikes, but did not have concrete figures

More airstrikes pound IS oil sites in Syria

U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group’s coffers, activists said. The strikes hit two oil areas in Deir el-Zour province a day […]

U.S.-led allies step up airstrikes in Syria

The latest strikes came on the third day

U.S.-led allies step up airstrikes in Syria

U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their de facto capital, fearing further raids, activists said. The latest strikes came on the third day of a U.S.-led air campaign aimed at rolling back […]

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress for airstrikes.

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama’s request for a vote and the operation was eventually scrapped. […]

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

Obama told Congress the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. The administration’s letter to Congress said “the mission is consistent with […]

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 […]