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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

The White House says a growing majority of Americans recognize that same-sex couples in loving relationships deserve fair treatment under the law. (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

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

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media during a press conference at the conclusion of the AUSMIN talks at Admiralty House on Aug. 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Dan Himbrechts - Pool/Getty Images)

Iranian Supreme Leader Rejects US Offer For Cooperation Against ISIS

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Monday that Iran has privately refused U.S. requests for cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

09/15/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the future U.S. Diplomacy Center at the State Department's Harry S. Truman Building on Sept. 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Kerry: Some Have Offered To Put Boots On The Ground To Fight ISIS, ‘But We Are Not Looking For That’

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

09/15/2014

An immigration lawyer sorts through an immigrant's valid and expired passports. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

House Dem: US In ‘Great Danger’ From Europeans Travelling Without Visas

A House Democrat wants to suspend British, French and German citizens from visa-free travel to the U.S. because of “large numbers” of Islamic extremists.

09/12/2014

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