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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with Secretary of State John Kerry (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Prime Minister: Entire Region Endangered By ISIS

Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state.

07/03/2014

Iraqi Kurdish forces rest from fighting against jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 29, 2014 in the Iraqi village of Bashir (Basheer), 20 kilometers south of the city of Kirkuk. (credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Expert: ISIS’ Declaration Of Islamic State ‘Poses A Huge Threat To Al Qaeda’

The al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state, demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide in a move that could further strain relations with other militant groups.

06/30/2014

President Obama (Photo: Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Seeks $500M to Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. struggles for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.

06/26/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at NATO headquarters on June 25, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry Warns Mideast Nations Against Taking Military Action In Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, after Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.

06/26/2014

Iraqi Shiite fighters raise up their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants on June 23, 2014 during a gathering in the southern city of Basra. (credit: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS

The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

06/25/2014

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks during the inaugural Intelligence Community Summit organized by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) on Sept. 12, 2013 at a hotel in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

House Intel Committee Chair: ISIS ‘Talks About’ Expanding Into Israel

The House Intelligence Committee chairman warns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are looking to expand its territory across the Middle East, including Israel.

06/23/2014

President Obama (Photo: Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama: U.S. Will Send Fresh Help To Beleaguered Iraq

Islamic militants have seized large parts of central Iraq, including its second-largest city Mosul.

06/12/2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on May 28, 2014. (credit: CBS News)

Obama: US Will Continue To ‘Take Direct Action’ By Ordering Drone Strikes

In a broad defense of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world’s most indispensable nation, even after a “long season of war,” but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

05/28/2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (Photo credit: JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Virginia State Sen. Pens Letter Praising Syrian President Assad

A Virginia state senator has sent a letter praising Syrian President Bashar Assad.

05/28/2014

President Barack Obama makes a statement about military troop pullout from Afghanistan at the Rose Garden of the White House on May 27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

National Security Analyst: US ‘Just Not Swinging The Bat’ On Foreign Policy

As the nation emerges from more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama is seeking to recast U.S. foreign policy as an endeavor aimed at building international consensus and avoiding unilateral overreach.

05/28/2014

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