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  1. A Syrian Kurdish family waits after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both sides near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Monday. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugee now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against IS militants. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S.-led forces bomb IS targets near Turkey

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Sept. 23 after strike operations in Syria. Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland / Air Force

    Air Force takes the lead on airstrikes against Islamic State

    The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  7. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  8. The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  9. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Timothy Bradow stands watch in the combat information center aboard the destroyer Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. The ship fired Tomahawk missiles at Islamic State targets on Sept. 22-23. MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez/Navy

    U.S. Navy leads strikes in Syria

    The opening week of the U.S. strikes against militants in Syria was the service's biggest salvo since 2011's Operation Odyssey Dawn against the Libyan regime.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  10. In this Sept. 23, 2014, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes 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, Sept. 26, 2014, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Matthew Bruch) Matthew Bruch / AP

    U.S.-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Syria

    U.S. coalition-led warplanes struck jihadis attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions including wheat silos in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  11. In this Tuesday photo released by the Air Force, a formation of Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, as part of U.S. led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / AP

    Syrian civilians in Raqqa cheer U.S. bombing

    Unable to sleep, Abdulkader Hariri sat on his porch at around 4 a.m Tuesday morning looking out into the night sky. His family had fled from Raqqa after the Islamic State claimed the northern Syrian city as its headquarters.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  12. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press on Friday about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Pentagon: Airstrikes killing terrorists, not civilians

    There are no credible reports of civilian casualties after more than 240 airstrikes in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State group and other terrorists in Iraq and Syria, a top Pentagon official said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  13. These images released by the State Department on Sept. 25 show the Jeribe Oil Refinery in eastern Syria before and after it was struck in raids by U.S., Saudi and UAE aircraft. The strikes hit 'small-scale' refineries that were producing 'between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day,', the Pentagon said. DoD via Getty Images

    U.S.-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day

    American-led coalition warplanes destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, the U.S.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  14. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in on September 16in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Ground troops in Iraq would be international

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the ground troops he may eventually recommend in Iraq would not necessarily be American.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  15. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK aircraft prepared to attack militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  16. Big Red One patch

    'Big Red One' HQ will deploy to Iraq

    The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq in the coming weeks as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, officials announced Thursday.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  17. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. offers more nuanced take on Khorasan threat

    Senior U.S. officials offered a more nuanced picture Thursday of the threat they believe is posed by an al-Qaida cell in Syria targeted in military strikes this week, even as they defended the decision to attack the militants.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  18. FBI: About a dozen Americans fighting in Syria

    The number of Americans the government believes is fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria is almost one-tenth the number cited by government officials and lawmakers for months.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. David Barno, shown at the Pentagon in 2004, is now retired and says the Army has a difficult time portraying its importance to the nation. DoD

    Retired 3-star: Americans don't understand that ground troops win wars

    U.S. lawmakers and the wider American public do not understand why it is important to win land wars because the Army has a hard time explaining it, said retired Lt. Gen. David Barno.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  20. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner said he doesn't support holding a vote on war authorization with a lame duck Congress. Jim Watson/ / AFP

    Analysis: Will Congress vote on authorizing America's new war?

    Read between the lines of senior lawmakers' statements about a congressional vote to authorize President Obama's war on the Islamic State (IS) group and one realizes Congress may not vote at all.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  21. Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft fly over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / U.S. Air Force

    CENTCOM releases new video of airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

    Central Command released new video Thursday of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria by U.S. and coalition aircraft.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  22. Video released by Islamic State militants showed the killing of journalist James Foley. AP

    FBI says U.S. has identified masked man in beheading videos

    The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  23. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday at U.N. headquarters. Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific, aid and is warily watching to make sure Ankara keeps its commitments. Erdogan also told reporters on Tuesday, 'Of course, we will do our part.' Seth Wenig / AP

    Turkey remains coy in coalition against militants

    Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  24. Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, who was abducted in Algeria on Sept. 21 in a video posted online on Sept. 24 after Paris rejected their demand to halt strikes in Iraq. Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in a national park that was once a major draw for tourists but became a sanctuary for Islamists. AFP

    France: Hunt is on for extremists in beheading

    Algerian forces expanded their search on Thursday through the mountainous region where a newly formed extremist group claiming allegiance to the Syria-based Islamic State group beheaded a French hiker the day before.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  25. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Sept. 23 over northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / U.S. Air Forces Central

    U.S., coalition forces hit IS oil refineries in Syria

    U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday, including 12 'modular oil refineries,' the U.S. Central Command said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  26. Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event Sept. 12 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. 'Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country,' Brown, the former Massachusetts senator trying to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, says in a commercial. 'President Obama and Sen. Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me.' Elise Amendola / AP

    GOP uses terror threat against Dems in campaign

    The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  27. Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, who was abducted in Algeria on Sept. 21 in a video posted online on Sept. 24 after Paris rejected their demand to halt strikes in Iraq. Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in a national park that was once a major draw for tourists but became a sanctuary for Islamists. AFP

    Jihadist video claims beheading of French hostage

    An Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State released a video Wednesday purportedly showing the beheading of a French tourist who was abducted on Sunday, a U.S. terrorist watchdog group says.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  28. President Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Wednesday. Jason DeCrow/The Associated Press

    Obama calls for dismantling Islamic State group 'network of death'

    Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Obama vowed at the U.N. on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State 'network of death' that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the U.S. back into military action.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  29. In this image provided by the Navy an EA-6B Prowler lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush after conducting strike missions on Tuesday. MC3 Brian Stephens / AP

    U.S. strikes militant staging area in Syria

    U.S. warplanes bombed Islamic State militant positions on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  30. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard on August 8 as smoke rises after airstrikes targeting militants of the Islamic State group near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/The Associated Press

    Iran general helped Iraq's Kurds battle IS group

    A top Iranian general and 70 of his forces were on the ground in Iraq this summer, helping Kurdish fighters defend the regional capital Irbil against Islamic State militants, a senior commander from Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  31. Obama aide asserts no U.S. troops on ground in Iraq

    National security adviser Susan Rice is asserting there's no plan to commit American ground combat forces to the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  32. Syrians check a damaged house reportedly hit by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Sept. 23 in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province. Sami Ali / AFP

    Troops, vets divided over how to fight Islamic State

    Post-9/11 veterans are sharply divided about whether the U.S. air campaign in Syria and Iraq is enough to defeat the terrorists or whether the U.S. needs to commit boots on the ground to destroy the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  33. Image from a CENTCOM video showing U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria. CENTCOM/YouTube.com

    Combat footage: U.S. releases video stockpile showing Syria strikes

    U.S. Central Command posted three videos on its YouTube page showing combat footage of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria on Tuesday. A fourth video was also posted showing a KC-135 refueling of U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  34. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, speaks with top army commanders in Ankara, Turkey, on September 11. Turkish Presidency Press Office/AP

    Turkey considers military role against Islamic State group

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  35. Islamic State policemen stand guard Sept. 19 in front of a police station in Nineveh province, Iraq. In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group have been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover for days before warplanes of the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn on Sept. 23. AP

    Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants

    In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  36. An F-22 Raptor displays its weapons bays in July. The Raptor took part in its first combat operation Monday over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker / US Air Force

    Analysis: Syria airstrikes introduce F-22's firepower to the world

    The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  37. Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director of operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria during a Sept. 23 news conference at the Pentagon. Cliff Owen / AP

    What is Khorasan Group, and why are we at war with it?

    The United States is at war with an enemy that few had even heard of before Monday's airstrikes in Syria.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  38. A map issued by the Pentagon shows that the massive wave of U.S. airstrikes inside Syria on Monday were concentrated in the northern and eastern parts of that country. Targeted were Islamic State militants as well as members of the Khorosan, an al-Qaida offshoot. Defense Department

    Attacks on Syria 'beginning of sustained' war, Pentagon says

    It was the first time the U.S. has mounted airstrikes in Syria.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  39. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the Army plans to send a division headquarters to Iraq to help lead efforts there in battling the Islamic State. Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DoD

    Army chief: Division headquarters will deploy soon to Iraq

    As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  40. An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 18 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    Would U.S. have right of hot pursuit in Syria?

    Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks as legal grounding for its overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  41. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

    Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  42. For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly joined. Richard Drew / AP

    Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

    For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  43. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jordan and the Air Force 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, wait on the flightline in May 11 at an air base in northern Jordan. Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Air Forces Central

    Mideast countries play major role in Islamic State strikes

    Jordan was compelled to join U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria after the government uncovered a number of militants crossing its border with Iraq, a Jordanian government source told Defense News.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  44. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad AFP

    Syria's Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  45. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Iranian president says U.S. airstrikes in Syria illegal

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  46. Militants of the Islamic State capture dozens of Iraqi security forces members on June 14 prior to transporting them to an unknown location in the Salaheddin province ahead of executing them. AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

    The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  47. F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fly over Alaska May 26, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / 3 Wing Public Affairs

    U.S. strikes inside Syria target two terror groups

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014

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