Another American beheaded in Syria

Another American beheaded in Syria

The White House on Sunday confirmed the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, a former soldier who tried to help wounded Syrians caught in a brutal civil war but ended up dying himself at the hands of Islamic State militants. President Barack Obama, in a statement issued as he flew back to Washington after […]

Kerry says aid to Kurds is necessary, moral

Kerry says aid to Kurds is necessary, moral

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to “valiant” Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be “irresponsible” and “morally very difficult” not to support them. Speaking in the Indonesian capital, Kerry told reporters that the administration […]

Kobali key in the battle with Islamic extremists

Kobali key in the battle with Islamic extremists

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. Perched on Turkey’s border, the city of about 60,000 has been besieged for weeks by IS fighters. Kobani is now […]

Obama, commanders, nations meet on Syria, Iraq fight

Obama, commanders, nations meet on Syria, Iraq fight

President Barack Obama and his military commanders will meet Tuesday with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The daylong meeting comes as the White House tries to tout progress in the U.S.-led campaign against the militants, while also girding the public […]

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 […]

Congress gives Obama authority to help Syrian rebels

'As Americans, we do not give in to fear. We pull together. We stand together.'

Congress gives Obama authority to help Syrian rebels

Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top […]

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