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  • U.S. prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the...
  • U.S. considering taking fight against Islamic State into Syria

    EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militants into Syria after days of airstrikes against the group in Iraq and the beheading of an American journalist, the White House signaled on Friday....
  • Obama's approach in confronting Islamic State overlooks Syria

    WASHINGTON Despite two weeks of U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, the Islamic State retains its bloody grip on roughly half of the country and is rolling up new conquests in Syria, piling pressure on President Barack Obama to develop a comprehensive,...
  • Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State: Senate aide

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist...
  • Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. "They are an imminent...
  • Vacation? Congress, engage the Islamic State now

     Vacation? Congress, engage the Islamic State now
    Nature abhors a vacuum — especially when that vacuum is a lawless region of Iraq and Syria overrun by a vicious pseudo-army of extremists known as the Islamic State. Unfortunately, a second vacuum complicates efforts to crush the marauders:...
  • Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing dozens

    Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue...
  • Pentagon: Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Pentagon: Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'
    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have,...
  • Pressure mounts on Europeans to take more action against Islamic State

    LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - European leaders face calls to take direct action against the Islamic State including in Syria after the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, but politicians are reluctant to take the lead after previous missteps in the...
  • Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund

     Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund
    As if monitoring the Pentagon's enormous budget were not difficult enough, every year Congress also has to deal with a separate war budget. Known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, account, it is submitted separately. It was...
  • Doyle McManus: Without any doubt, we're back in an Iraq war

    Every time President Barack Obama thinks he has succeeded in establishing restraint as the central doctrine of his foreign policy, a new outburst of chaos in the Middle East draws him back in. In 2011, fears that Libya's Moammar Kadafi would massacre...
  • Rachel Marsden: Obama repeating past mistakes in Iraq

    Despite its military supremacy, the U.S. under the command of President Barack Obama is at risk of having an upstart group of Islamic terrorists take over Iraq -- all because politically straitjacketed American military might has struggled against...