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Two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the northern city of Mosul. (Photo by FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/Getty Images)

France Joins U.S. In Fighting Islamic State Militants In Iraq

French president says forces will operate independently, but will welcome requests to coordinate with Iraqi and American forces to strike ISIS targets in Iraq.

09/19/2014

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

Vice President Joe Biden addresses volunteers preparing care packages for emergency first-responders and members of the military at George Washington University on Sept. 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

‘We’ll Determine That Based On How The Effort Goes': Biden Apparently Leaves Door Open For US Ground Troops In Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.

09/18/2014

An Islamic State militant stands on the rubble of houses after a Syrian warplane was reported shot down by ISIS forces. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

House Grudgingly Approves Arms For Syrian Rebels

Legislation gives President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels for fight against Islamic State militants.

09/17/2014

Sen. Rand Paul speaks as Sen. John McCain looks on at a news conference on Capitol Hill to introduce a Republican jobs proposal to compete with that put forward by President Obama on Oct. 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

McCain: Rand Paul ‘Has Obviously Been Doing Some Somersaults As These Beheadings Took Place’

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., over his stance on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group, stating that the potential Republican presidential contender has a “fundamental lack of understanding” of the threat they pose.

09/17/2014

Smoke rises from a bomb planted by Islamic State militants after it was detonated near the Iraqi village of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, on Sept. 1, 2014. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS Releases Video Showing Militants Attacking US Troops, Threatening White House

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has released a video showing militants attacking American forces and threatening the White House.

09/17/2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room, on Sept. 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

White House Responds To Dempsey’s Comments: Obama ‘Will Not Deploy Ground Troops In Combat Role’

Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama is consulting with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

09/17/2014

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

The strikes targeted Islamic State militants who were attacking Iraqi security forces near Baghdad.  (Photo by JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

First U.S. Airstrike In Expanded Iraq Fight

The strikes targeted Islamic State militants who were attacking Iraqi security forces near Baghdad.

09/15/2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks as he takes part in a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Graham: Obama ‘Needs To Rise To The Occasion Before We All Get Killed Back Here At Home’ By ISIS

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warns the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will bring the fight to the United States if President Barack Obama doesn’t do more to combat the terror group.

09/15/2014

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