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  • As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

    BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving")
  • Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria

    Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering. The White House on Friday...

    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:...

    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...

    Obama weighs Iraq crisis response; airdrops, airstrikes among options

    Obama weighs Iraq crisis response; airdrops, airstrikes among options
    United States officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back into the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest...