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  1. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air mobility crews have logged more than 1,000 sorties to support airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says

    President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. President Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 16 in Atlanta. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. Iraqi lawmakers attend a Sept. 8 session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Sept. 16 leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. Karim Kadim / AP

    Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadiís 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 campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  5. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., walks onstage to anounce the release of a website titled 'Benghazi on the Record' during a Sept. 16 news conference on Capitol Hill. Cliff Owen / AP

    Democrats launch website to counter GOP Benghazi narrative

    House Democrats are pre-emptively launching a new website to counter Republican claims about the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. U.S. military forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a U.S. military camp in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

    A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. An F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off on Sept. 13 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say

    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.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 10. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

    The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    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 Obama's strategy against the Islam

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a Carnegie Europe think tank event Sept. 15 at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. Virginia Mayo / AP

    NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, talks to state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15. Khamenei, 75, successfully underwent prostate surgery, Iran announced. Khamenei said his government privately refused American requests for cooperation against the Islamic State group, warning that another U.S. incursion would result 'in the same problems they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years.' AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS

    Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. A memeber of Islamic State holds a knife and gestures as he speaks to a camera before beheading British aid worker David Haine. Iran has ruled out working with any international coalition against IS, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. AFP

    Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

    As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  14. US President Barack Obama meets with, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out

    Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. Fighters from the Islamic State group parade June 23 in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. AP

    Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

    Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. Sailors prepare to launch aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    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.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  17. Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  18. Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court on Sept. 14 during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

    North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor

    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  19. This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    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 act of pure evil.'

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  20. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  21. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport on Saturday as he leaves the Egyptian capital. Kerry described Egypt as an 'important partner' during a short stop in Cairo to build support against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski/The Associated Press

    Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  22. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned an audience in Washington on Sept. 10 that removing troops from the country too early could have dire results. Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated Press

    Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short'

    A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  23. David Petraeus speaks with moderator Andy Alexander at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, on Sept. 11. Petraeus said Islamic State militants do not have strong local support in Iraq and their strength should not be over-rated. Aaron Ontiveroz / AP

    Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  24. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the end of a meeting in Ankara on Friday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab states worry about U.S. plan against militants

    The United States has made headway in winning international support to confront the Islamic State, but Arab countries have been reluctant to make specific commitments of help and remain worried about the level of American follow-through, analysts say.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  25. President Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/The Associated Press

    White House: New U.S. mission a war as with al-Qaida

    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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