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  1. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  2. Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

    Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. U.N. Council members reject North Korea meeting request

    United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope insertion training on April 30. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann / Army National Guard

    Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed earlier this summer

    President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  5. An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush on Aug. 14 in the Persian Gulf. Islamic State militants have shot at some Navy aircraft with small arms, but to little effect. Mohammed al-Shaikh / Getty Images

    Navy planes take small-arms fire during Iraq airstrikes

    Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. Gen. Rudy Ortiz, the joint chiefs of staff, gives a press conference in Guatemala City, on April 3. Interior Secretary Maurio Lopez says Gen. Rudy Ortiz died Wednesday along with four other military officials after their helicopter fell in a mountainous area of the province of Huehuetenango, near the border with Mexico. Moises Castillo/The Associated Press

    Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash

    The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  8. Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  9. Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. Image from video released by Islamic State militants that appears to show the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. Islamic State video

    British national may have beheaded U.S. journalist

    The apparent beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant may have been undertaken by a British national, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. Iraqi Shiite fighters, loyal to Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take part in military and first aid training on Tuesday, in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. Haidar Hamdani / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry points a finger as he arrives Aug. 11 in Sydney. In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called Kerry a wild dog with a 'hideous lantern jaw.' Peter Parks / AP

    North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous lantern jaw.'

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  14. A Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces type 90 tank fires Tuesday during an exercise at the Higashi-Fuji training ground in Gotemba. A total of 2,300 personnel, 80 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 aircraft and 600 vehicles are participating in the exercise. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP via Getty Images

    Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. American journalist James Foley, shown here in Syria in 2012. Manu Brabo

    Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes

    A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  16. Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  17. Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. Petro Zadorozhnyy/The Associated Press

    Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  18. F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 during Exercise Valiant Shield. Senior Airman Miranda Moorer/Air Force

    U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes

    The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  19. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  20. Pope Francis smiles as he meets the media during an airborne press conference on Aug. 18 on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea. Gregorio Borgia / AP

    Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs

    Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  21. President Obama speaks on Aug. 18 at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  22. Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    President Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  23. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand behind a sand barricade set-up close to the village of Bashir on Aug. 17 after the arrival of a new military supplies. Marwan Ibrahim / Getty Images

    Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam from militants

    Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  24. A U.S. airstrike against an ISIL Humvee (armored truck) is seen in a screenshot made from video released by CENTCOM. CENTCOM

    New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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