Syria

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

The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against Americans instead of against militants seeking an Islamic state. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Veterans In Both Parties Divided On Arming Syrian Rebels

The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against Americans instead of against militants seeking an Islamic state.

09/18/2014

Report: 3 Million Syrian Children Not In School, Education Buildings Used By Military  (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Report: 3 Million Syrian Children Not In School, Education Buildings Used By Military

Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity group said Thursday, as the country’s intractable conflict threatens to deny an entire a generation of education.

09/18/2014

CBS News: New Syrian Al Qaeda Cell Developing Bomb Plots Against US Flights

A cell of “veteran al Qaeda fighters” may not be dominating headlines like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but the group of explosive-making experts from Osama bin Laden’s old network are a direct threat to U.S. aviation.

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

A senior United Arab Emirates diplomat says the Gulf federation's first female air force pilot helped carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants earlier this week.  (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

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