| Sep 16, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Washington -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was one of several lawmakers on Tuesday who tried to pin down top Pentagon officials on the administration's new campaign to target Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, and they were not satisfied with the...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:02 PM
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the military's top officer, repeatedly raised the prospect Tuesday of sending U.S. troops to fight alongside Iraqi soldiers against Islamic State militants, despite President Obama’s vows not to do so.
Dempsey, chairman of the...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 1:50 PM
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,...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 2:14 PM
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...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 2:49 PM
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...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Just before leaving for summer recess at the end of July, the House of Representatives turned to the issue of Iraq. Throughout June, President Obama had steadily increased the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq from an initial 275 to nearly 800. Military...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 9:17 AM
BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving")
After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:51 PM
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...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Congress returns Monday from its long summer break as the U.S. faces heightened terrorist threats abroad and unresolved policy issues at home.
But most lawmakers appear poised to handle only the most basic business of government before returning...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:05 PM
On Wednesday, standing on yet another world stage � this one in Estonia � President Obama sounded at last like the global leader the world urgently needs.
In a carefully crafted speech, Obama firmly warned both the Islamic State of Iraq and...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 2:31 PM
In fighting disease, aggressive action is not always advisable. Two years ago a federal panel recommended against routine use of a test for prostate cancer because it carries "a very small potential benefit and significant potential harms." Some men get...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 5:26 PM
President Barack Obama vowed "justice will be done" against the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley on Tuesday as the United States sought to identify targets for potential airstrikes in Syria.
Obama's tough talk followed his...