Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Fighters from the Nureddine al-Zinki, a moderate faction made up of former members of the Syrian Free Army, take position behind sandbags near the city of Aleppo. (Photo by BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Hails Senate Approval Of His Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels

The president stated that American forces “do not have a combat mission.”

09/18/2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Sept. 16, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dempsey: I Will Recommend Using Ground Troops To Combat ISIS If Expanded Military Campaign Fails

The nation’s top military leader told Congress Tuesday that he will recommend President Barack Obama consider using ground troops to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) if the expanded military campaign to the president laid out last week fails.

09/16/2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel holds a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21, 2014. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

CBS News: Hagel Confirms More Than 100 Americans Fighting For ISIS In Iraq, Syria

World leaders, nervously eyeing a growing threat from Islamic State militants, will seek to build a united front this week against the violent extremist group and keep it from creeping beyond its borders.

09/04/2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that “open borders and immigration issues” have made Europeans and other foreigners who have joined ISIS an “immediate threat” to the U.S. and its allies domestically. (Pool photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Dempsey: ISIS An ‘Immediate Threat’ From ‘Open Borders And Immigration Issues’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that “open borders and immigration issues” have made Europeans and other foreigners who have joined ISIS an “immediate threat” to the U.S. and its allies domestically.

08/22/2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey speak to the media during a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21, 2014 in Arlington, Va. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Dempsey: ISIS Has An ‘End-Of-Days Strategic Vision’

Top military advisers to President Barack Obama warn that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria can only be contained, but not wiped out.

08/22/2014

A photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows U.S. freelance reporter James Foley resting in a room at the airport of Sirte, Libya. (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Hostage: Islamist Group Was ‘Collecting’ American Journalists

An American journalist who was held captive for 210 days by extremist Syrian rebels says the Islamist group was “collecting us.”

08/22/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. (credit: U.S. Army via Getty Images)

‘The Meaning Of The Law Is Clear And Ambiguous': GAO Says Pentagon Broke Law With Bergdahl Swap

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.

08/22/2014

Joint Chiefs Chair: 'No Safe Haven' For ISIL Militants (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon: Islamic State Militants Will Regroup

American air strikes have disrupted ISIS military operations, but Def. Sec. Hagel warns the Islamic extremist group will eventually recover and begin a new offensive.

08/21/2014

File photo of President Barack Obama on the phone. (credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Obama Calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, Suggests Howard Shave His Beard

President Barack Obama rang up U.S. World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard this week to congratulate them on their athletic performances in the international tournament.

07/03/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. (credit: U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Few Indications Taliban Will Head Into Peace Talks With Afghan Government Following Bergdahl Swap

Despite securing the release of five top detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there are few indications that the Taliban will head into peace talks with the Afghan government any time soon.

06/16/2014

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