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US Program To Train Syrian Rebels Losing Ground

The U.S. military’s program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference in the war against the Islamic State.

06/29/2015

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

O’Malley: ISIS Created By ‘Mindless Rush To War’ In Iraq

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said Friday the rise of the Islamic State group was an unintended consequence of a “mindless rush to war” in Iraq, and said the U.S. must avoid “mission creep” there and work with the government as it seeks to defend its country.

06/26/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: U.S. President Barack Obama announces changes to the government's hostage policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House June 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Families of hostages taken and killed by ISIS and other terrorism groups have described the government's interaction with them as unresponsive and uncaring Obama said that would change but did said the policy of refusing to pay ransom would remain. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama: US Government Has Let Down Hostages’ Families

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that the U.S. government had let down the families of Americans held hostage by terrorists and promised they would not face criminal prosecution for paying ransoms to […]

06/24/2015

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US Won’t Prosecute Hostage’s Families Who Pay Terrorist Ransoms

In a softening of longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution — part of a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines that will be released Wednesday.

06/23/2015

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ISIS Spokesman Vows Victory Despite Series Of Major Losses

The spokesman for the Islamic State group has promised victory despite a string of recent setbacks in Syria.

06/23/2015

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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Training Goal To Fall Way Short Of Recruits

The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration’s strategy to address threats in the Mideast.

06/17/2015

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Kurds Nearing Key Islamic State-Held Syrian Border Town

Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of a strategic Islamic State-held town on the Turkish border Sunday, Kurdish officials and an activist group said, potentially cutting off a key supply line for the extremists’ nearby de facto capital.

06/14/2015

Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Army Chief Of Staff: Arab Forces Must ‘Step Up,’ ISIS Fight A ’10-Year Problem’

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says “Arab communities need to step up” the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, noting that Sunni/Shia fighting has prevented the U.S. from helping the Iraqi government take down the ISIS fighters.

06/11/2015

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State Department Spokesman: Saving Iraq From ISIS Will ‘Take 3 To 5 Years’

An Obama administration official says it could take at least three to five years for Iraq to overcome the Islamic State onslaught.

06/09/2015

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ISIS Using Professional Video, Radio Broadcasts To Recruit From The West

After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers “a glimpse at our main headlines.” IS militants have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Militants destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored vehicle.

06/01/2015

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