The strikes targeted Islamic State militants who were attacking Iraqi security forces near Baghdad.
President Barack Obama cast the worldwide campaign he’s leading to destroy the Islamic State group on Friday as part of a broader effort to root out extremism within the Muslim world, telling Jewish donors the U.S. “is on the right side of history.”
President Barack Obama says the United States will wage a military campaign that will target Islamic State fighters with airstrikes “wherever they exist.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it’s critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says the circumstances that led to the purported beheading of a second U.S. journalist by the Islamic State group reflect a weakness of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
The State Dept. is trying to find out if another American fighting alongside Islamic State troops was killed.
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.
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.
The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
President Obama speaks by telephone with Iraq’s newly appointed interim-prime minister as rescue operations continue in northern part of the country.