Report: ISIS Makes Rape Part Of Theology, Uses Practice As Recruiting Tool A new report from The New York Times sheds light on a horrific aspect of Islamic State tactics and how it uses the sexual slavery of Yazidi women to gain control and recruit members.
Bush Links Clinton To Rise Of Islamic StateRepublican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will step up his criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her tenure as secretary of state on Tuesday, arguing in a speech on foreign policy that the Democratic front-runner shares in the mistakes that he says led to the rise of the Islamic State.
US Program To Train Syrian Rebels Losing GroundThe 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.
O'Malley: ISIS Created By 'Mindless Rush To War' In IraqDemocratic 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.
Obama: US Government Has Let Down Hostages' Families
US Won't Prosecute Hostage's Families Who Pay Terrorist RansomsIn 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.
ISIS Spokesman Vows Victory Despite Series Of Major LossesThe spokesman for the Islamic State group has promised victory despite a string of recent setbacks in Syria.
Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Training Goal To Fall Way Short Of RecruitsThe 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.
Kurds Nearing Key Islamic State-Held Syrian Border TownSyrian 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.
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.
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.
ISIS Using Professional Video, Radio Broadcasts To Recruit From The WestAfter 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.
General Allen: 'Pretty Good' ISIS Forces Took RamadiThe Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria because exhausted Iraqi forces were up against a “pretty good” force of militant fighters, according to Gen. John Allen.
Islamic State Suicide Attacks In Iraq's Anbar Kill 17 troopsAs Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers.
Biden Tries To Smooth Over Carter's Iraqi 'No Will To Fight' ISIS CommentsVice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.