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  1. Iraqi security forces and gunmen rest on a sidewalk following clashes with jihadists in September in Anbar province. U.S. military officials are wrestling with how to calibrate their advise-and-assist mission with Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State, which is growing especially heated in Anbar. AZHAR SHALLAL / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar

    Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers, left, and French President's chief of staff general, Benoit Puga, at the Elysee palace in Paris, France. Gen. de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. 'We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Alain Jocard / AP

    Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State

    U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet on Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  5. Iraqi troops stand in rows holding their weapons June 21 in Anbar province. AFP

    U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. AP

    Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to Omran al-Zoubi, the country's information minister who spoke on Syrian TV late Tuesday. He said the militants were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for. Misha Japaridze / AP

    Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

    The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  8. FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

    Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Container delivery system bundles sit on a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Oct. 10 in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq. Air Force

    U.S. planes airdrop arms to besieged Syrian town

    The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure mounts to change tactics against Islamic State group

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  13. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an Oct. 18 news conference. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Turkey would oppose U.S. arms transfers to Kurds

    Turkey would not agree to any U.S.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  14. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  15. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey approves U.S. drone flights to monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  16. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani as they gather Oct. 15 on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. U.S. warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 near the town to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. Aris Messinis / AFP

    U.S.: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters killed in strikes near Kobani

    A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon's spokesman said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  17. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Joint Staff names campaign against Islamic State 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  18. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, listens as President Obama speaks during an Oct. 14 meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers on the ongoing operations against the Islamic State group at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Evan Vucci / AP

    Coalition defense officials meet to discuss Islamic State

    The top brass from 22 nations allied to fight Islamic State militants convened face to face for the first time Tuesday just outside Washington, D.C., but the historic meeting resulted in no major announcements about the American-led war in Iraq and Syria.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  19. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talk as they walk together on the grounds of the Chief of Mission Residence on Oct. 14 in Paris. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    U.S., Russia vow intel-sharing on Islamic State

    The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters, including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants, even as the two powers remained deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  20. Iraqi Shiite fighters deploy with their weapons June 14 in Basra, Iraq. Iraq's Shiite militias have abducted and killed 'scores' of Sunni civilians in retaliation for the onslaught by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday, claiming that the attacks are supported by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. Nabil Al-Jurani / AP

    Amnesty: Iraqi Shiites retaliating against Sunnis

    Iraq's Shiite militias have abducted and killed 'scores' of Sunni civilians in retaliation for the onslaught by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday, claiming that the attacks are supported by the Shiite-led governmen

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  21. A man holds a T-shirt with slogans as books about Islam, militant Islamic leaders, and Islamic flags are displayed Monday at an Islamic bookstore in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Emrah Gurel / AP

    Istanbul rattled by signs of Islamic State support

    Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria. But these days the Islamic State group's horrors seem closer to home: She recently faced off against masked supporters of the brutal militants on her own campus.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  22. Mourners gather for the funeral Tuesday of four female Kurdish fighters, who were killed in the fighting with militants from Islamic State in Kobani, Syria, at a cemetery in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border. Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday. Kurds in Turkey accuse the government of standing idly by while Syrian Kurds are being slaughtered in the besieged town across the border. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Report: Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

    Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first major airstrikes against the rebel group since peace talks began two years ago to end a 30-year insurgency.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  23. Members of the Iraqi security forces look at a burnt-out vehicle on Oct. 13 following a motorcycle bomb attack targeting a police patrol east of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP

    Islamic State extends reach in key Iraqi region

    Islamic State militants are expanding their reach in a strategic province in western Iraq, inching closer to Baghdad and raising concerns about the ability of the U.S.-led air campaign to halt the militants' advance.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  24. Iraqi civilians gather near a car bombing site in Baghdad on Oct. 9. Islamic State group militants are battling government forces on the western edge of Iraq's capital. Karim Kadim / AP

    Iraqi army continues to struggle in fight against Islamic State

    The Iraqi army is struggling to hold its ground in the fight against Islamic State militants, prompting the U.S.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  25. A woman reacts as smoke rises Monday from the the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, after a strike from the U.S.-led coalition as it seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey: No new deal with U.S. on using air base

    Turkey's foreign minister insisted Monday there was no new agreement with the United States on using Turkish bases for operations against the Islamic State militants.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  26. Turkish soldiers hold their positions with tanks on a hilltop Oct. 12 on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    U.S. says Turkey OKs use of bases against militants

    Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, American defense officials said Sunday.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  27. A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), not shown, on Oct. 3 in the Persian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for U.S.

    The Obama administration's promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State militants makes it difficult to accept Turkey's terms for joining the fight in neighboring Syria.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  28. An AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter conducts operations with the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 25. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Dempsey: U.S. used Apache helos near Baghdad

    The top U.S. military officer says the U.S. called in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun by Islamic State militants in a recent fight near Baghdad's airport.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  29. Iraqis stand at the site of an explosion Oct. 9 in the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    Worried Iraqi capital sees militant push around it

    On the western edge of Iraq's capital, Islamic State group militants battle government forces and exchange mortar fire, only adding to the sense of siege in Baghdad despite airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  30. Turkish soldiers hold their positions with their tanks on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of the Islamic State group on Oct. 10. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Coalition defense chiefs to meet on Islamic State threat

    Military leaders from the multinational coalition fighting militant extremists in Iraq and Syria will meet for the first time next week, a military official said.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  31. President Barack Obama, center, addresses the media after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and combatant commanders at the Pentagon. Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense

    HASC's McKeon: 'I know' U.S. Commanders have pressed Obama for more ground troops

    America's top generals have informed President Barack Obama they need more ground troops deployed to Iraq, says a top lawmaker with ties to Pentagon brass.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  32. Smoke from an airstrike is seen near a border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border Oct. 3. Getty Images

    U.S. pushing Turks to join anti-IS coalition

    A team of top US officials has arrived in Ankara, Turkey for two days of talks in an attempt to prod the Turkish government into taking an active role in fighting the Islamist State group in northern Syria.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  33. Turkish soldiers stands on a tank as he observes the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill at the Turkish-Syrian border. Advancing Islamic State fighters seized control of a third of the border town, as Turkey rejected sending in troops on its own against the jihadists. Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images

    US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

    The U.S.-led coalition ramped up its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions in the Syrian border town of Kobani on Thursday as the extremist group battled street by street with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements from surrounding areas.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  34. Turkish Kurds watch as airstrikes hit the Syrian town of Kobani Wednesday, as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, in Mursitpinar, on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against Islamic State militants, the United States is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters who are the last line of defense against extremists trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Turkey, Kurd tensions worry U.S. in fight for Kobani

    Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against Islamic State militants, the United States is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters who are the last line of defense against extremists trying to take over t

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  35. A Canadian F-18 Hornet from the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron launches a laser-guided bomb during one of the unit's Weapons Systems Evaluation Program scenarios in this file photo. Canadian lawmakers have approved sending aircraft to participate in airstrikes in Iraq. Air Force

    Canada brings '6-pack strategy' to air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq

    Canadian lawmakers have approved sending up to six CF-18 fighter aircraft to participate in airstrikes in Iraq, along with one CC-150 aerial refueling tanker, two CP-14 Aurora surveillance aircraft and one airlift aircraft, according to the Canadian prime

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  36. Smoke rises Wednesday after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. New U.S.-led airstrikes against extremists near the northern Syrian town of Kobani have helped in pushing back Islamic State group fighters after they made gains on the ground over the past days, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Wednesday. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Airstrikes push jihadists back in Syrian town

    New U.S.-led airstrikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani have helped Kurdish fighters push back the Islamic State group a day after it appeared on the verge of seizing the town, the fate of which has emerged as a key test of whether coalition air power can roll back the extremist group.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  37. Smoke rises during airstrikes on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone for Turkey debated in militants' fight

    Leaders of a global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group were divided Wednesday over creating a buffer zone to protect Syrian refugees and bolster Turkey's borders — a key demand by Ankara as Turkey weighs stepping up action against the extremists.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  38. A U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler supporting operations against the militant Islamic State group, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group's territory. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / AP via Air Force

    Analysis: U.S.-led airstrikes produce few gains

    After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group's territory.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  39.  YouTube.com

    House GOP candidate pulls beheading video from ad

    PHOENIX (AP) — A House Republican candidate has edited out from a campaign ad slamming her Democratic opponent video footage shot moments before the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  40. Smoke rises after a shell lands Monday in Kobani in Syria as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. Militants with Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing the two pilots on board in the second such incident in a week and raising concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    IS downs another Iraqi helicopter

    Militants with Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing the two pilots on board in the second such incident in a week and raising concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-le

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  41. Turkish Kurds standing on the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, watch smoke rise following an airstrike in Kobani, Syria, where the fighting between militants of the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces intensified, on Tuesday. Lefteris Pitarakis/The Associated Press

    Turkey: Syrian town poised to fall to militants

    State fighters were poised to capture a strategic Syrian town on the Turkish border, Turkey's president warned Tuesday, even as Kurdish forces battled to expel the extremists from their footholds on the outskirts.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  42. Smoke rises after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria, as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Senator: Congress should debate terrorist threat

    U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Monday it would be '

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  43.  YouTube

    House GOP candidate uses beheading video in ad

    A House Republican candidate is using video footage moments before the beheading of American James Foley in a campaign ad slamming Arizona Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as weak on national security.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  44. A TV cameraman films a used-book store where a poster offering positions for 'work in Syria' was pasted on the wall in Tokyo Monday. Japanese police questioned a university student and several others Monday over alleged plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, news reports said. Investigators believe that the student, who is on leave of absence from school, responded to the poster, Kyodo News said. AP

    Report: Japanese had plans to join Islamic State

    Japanese police questioned a university student and several others Monday over suspected plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, news reports said.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  45. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves Oct. 4 after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Pentagon: Up to $1.1B cost for Iraq, Syria

    The Pentagon has spent as much as $1.1 billion on U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since the mission began in mid-June, including more than $62 million alone in Navy airstrikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  46. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Rick Rycroft / AP

    Prime Minister hopes Australia troops will soon enter Iraq

    Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday he hopes that legal hurdles can be cleared quickly so that Australian special forces troops can begin their assistance role in Iraq.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  47. U.S. troops now serving in Iraq can earn a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal under Operation Enduring Freedom, the Pentagon announced.

    DoD backs away from awarding medals for new Iraq mission under Operation Enduring Freedom

    Whether today's troops in Iraq will be eligible for a campaign medal recognizing their service in a hostile theater remains unclear after Pentagon officials backed away from a plan to treat the mission as technically part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  48. Turkish tanks hold their positions on a hilltop Monday in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani in Syria where fighting had ben intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    Turkey, a NATO member, says the alliance has drawn up a strategy to defend the country if it is attacked along its border with Syria.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  49. Islamic State fighters shell Syrian Kurdish town

    Islamic State militants on Sunday shelled a beleaguered Syrian Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, sending smoke billowing into the sky as Kurdish militiamen scrambled to repel the extremists' offensive, activists said.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  50. An AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 25 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Army Apache helos used in strikes against Islamic State

    Army pilots for the first time used an Apache attack helicopter to strike Islamist militant targets in Iraq over the weekend, according to a statement by CENTCOM.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  51. A video released Oct. 3 by Islamic State militants purports to show the killing of Alan Henning by the militant group. Uncredited / AP

    U.S.: Militants use beheadings to make up for losses

    For months, Islamic State militants rampaged across Syria and Iraq, seizing cities, taking hostages and terrorizing all who dared to confront them.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  52. Islamic State group publicly kills 6 Iraqi troops

    Militants from the Islamic State group on Sunday publicly killed six Iraqi soldiers captured in an embattled western province where the extremists continue to advance despite an expanding U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes, residents said.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  53. The Facebook page of Jordan Matson, a former soldier who reportedly now fights Islamic State for Kurds in Syria. Facebook

    American reportedly fighting against the Islamic State in Syria served in the U.S. Army

    An American who is reportedly fighting against the Islamic State with Kurds in Syria served in the U.S. Army from 2006 until 2007, according to Army Human Resources Command.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  54. Officials: Islamic State group downs Iraqi chopper

    Islamic State group militants armed with a rocket launcher shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter Friday in the country’s north, authorities said, highlighting their ability attack aircraft as a U.S.-led coalition expands its efforts to combat the extremists.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  55. U.S. troops now serving in Iraq can earn a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal under Operation Enduring Freedom, the Pentagon announced.

    Pentagon: Medals for new Iraq mission to fall under Operation Enduring Freedom

    The new U.S. mission in Iraq is part of Operation Enduring Freedom, at least according to the Pentagon's medals and awards division.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  56. A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq on Sept. 27 after conducting airstrikes in Syria against ISIL targets. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Air Force

    Poll: Half of Americans think terror attack likely; majority support airstrikes

    Half of Americans think there's a high risk of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, yet only a third are closely following news of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists in the Middle East.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  57. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hold a press conference Oct. 2 at the Pentagon. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Hagel, French defense minister talk about Syria strikes

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he spoke with the French defense minister Thursday about the possibility of France participating in airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, something the French have so far declined to do.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  58. Turkish soldiers stand on a hill, facing Islamic State fighters' position west of the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province on Thursday. IS fighters are at the gates of a key Kurdish town on the Syrian border with Turkey, whose parliament was set to vote on authorizing military intervention against the jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey approves military operations in Iraq, Syria

    Turkey's parliament approved a motion Thursday that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  59. An F-22A Raptor refuels in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations Friday in Syria. AFP

    Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

    President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without 'near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.'

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  60. A man holds a pamphlet allegedly distributed by Islamic State on Sept. 3, in Peshawar, Pakistan. A. Majeed AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic State influence spreads beyond Iraq and Syria

    In Pakistan, some are slapping pro-Islamic State bumper stickers on their cars and writing chalk graffiti on walls exhorting young people to join the terrorist group.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  61. Kurdish peshmerga fighters stand guard against Islamic State fighters Wednesday in Rabia, Iraq. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Bombs slam into IS stronghold on Iraq-Syria border

    Cheers erupted as the bomb dropped.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  62. Australia sends 2 unarmed support planes over Iraq

    Australia was sending two unarmed air force planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but would not yet launch its own airstrikes, the prime minister said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  63. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations Friday in Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / via AP

    Iraq and Syria airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to cur

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  64. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian walks in the lobby of the Elysee Palace on Oct. 1 on his way to a special defense meeting on the country's mission against the Islamic State group. Remy de la Mauviniere / AP

    France ups military deployment against Islamic State

    France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  65. A British crewman works at a Tornado warplane on Oct. 1 at a British air base in Akrotiri, Cyprus,. Petros Karadjias / AP

    British warplanes destroy Islamic State targets in Iraq

    British Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days, the base commander said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  66. Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion Tuesday in the town of Ashar, in the Basra region. The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group. Nabil al-Jouran / AP

    U.N.: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September

    The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  67. A spokesman for Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said on Sept. 29 that the congressman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was not trying to undermine President Obama's military actions in the Middle East by recently urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign 'in a blaze of glory.' Julia Moss / AP

    Calls for brass to resign add to debate over Mideast policy

    Recent calls for the Pentagon's top brass to resign in protest of President Obama's policy toward Iraq and Syria may pack a political punch, but they rest on no historical precedent.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  68. A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft on Sept. 26 over an undisclosed location before strike operations in Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / Air Force

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  69. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Sept. 23 after strike operations in Syria. Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland / Air Force

    Air Force takes the lead on airstrikes against Islamic State

    The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  70. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  71. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  72. Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  73. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  74. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  75. The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  76. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Timothy Bradow stands watch in the combat information center aboard the destroyer Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. The ship fired Tomahawk missiles at Islamic State targets on Sept. 22-23. MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez/Navy

    U.S. Navy leads strikes in Syria

    The opening week of the U.S. strikes against militants in Syria was the service's biggest salvo since 2011's Operation Odyssey Dawn against the Libyan regime.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  77. In this Sept. 23, 2014, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Matthew Bruch) Matthew Bruch / AP

    U.S.-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Syria

    U.S. coalition-led warplanes struck jihadis attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions including wheat silos in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  78. In this Tuesday photo released by the Air Force, a formation of Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, as part of U.S. led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / AP

    Syrian civilians in Raqqa cheer U.S. bombing

    Unable to sleep, Abdulkader Hariri sat on his porch at around 4 a.m Tuesday morning looking out into the night sky. His family had fled from Raqqa after the Islamic State claimed the northern Syrian city as its headquarters.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  79. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press on Friday about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Pentagon: Airstrikes killing terrorists, not civilians

    There are no credible reports of civilian casualties after more than 240 airstrikes in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State group and other terrorists in Iraq and Syria, a top Pentagon official said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  80. These images released by the State Department on Sept. 25 show the Jeribe Oil Refinery in eastern Syria before and after it was struck in raids by U.S., Saudi and UAE aircraft. The strikes hit 'small-scale' refineries that were producing 'between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day,', the Pentagon said. DoD via Getty Images

    U.S.-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day

    American-led coalition warplanes destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, the U.S.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  81. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in on September 16in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Ground troops in Iraq would be international

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the ground troops he may eventually recommend in Iraq would not necessarily be American.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  82. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK aircraft prepared to attack militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  83. Big Red One patch

    'Big Red One' HQ will deploy to Iraq

    The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq in the coming weeks as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, officials announced Thursday.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  84. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. offers more nuanced take on Khorasan threat

    Senior U.S. officials offered a more nuanced picture Thursday of the threat they believe is posed by an al-Qaida cell in Syria targeted in military strikes this week, even as they defended the decision to attack the militants.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  85. FBI: About a dozen Americans fighting in Syria

    The number of Americans the government believes is fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria is almost one-tenth the number cited by government officials and lawmakers for months.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  86. Lt. Gen. David Barno, shown at the Pentagon in 2004, is now retired and says the Army has a difficult time portraying its importance to the nation. DoD

    Retired 3-star: Americans don't understand that ground troops win wars

    U.S. lawmakers and the wider American public do not understand why it is important to win land wars because the Army has a hard time explaining it, said retired Lt. Gen. David Barno.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  87. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner said he doesn't support holding a vote on war authorization with a lame duck Congress. Jim Watson/ / AFP

    Analysis: Will Congress vote on authorizing America's new war?

    Read between the lines of senior lawmakers' statements about a congressional vote to authorize President Obama's war on the Islamic State (IS) group and one realizes Congress may not vote at all.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  88. Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft fly over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / U.S. Air Force

    CENTCOM releases new video of airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

    Central Command released new video Thursday of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria by U.S. and coalition aircraft.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  89. Video released by Islamic State militants showed the killing of journalist James Foley. AP

    FBI says U.S. has identified masked man in beheading videos

    The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  90. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday at U.N. headquarters. Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific, aid and is warily watching to make sure Ankara keeps its commitments. Erdogan also told reporters on Tuesday, 'Of course, we will do our part.' Seth Wenig / AP

    Turkey remains coy in coalition against militants

    Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  91. Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, who was abducted in Algeria on Sept. 21 in a video posted online on Sept. 24 after Paris rejected their demand to halt strikes in Iraq. Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in a national park that was once a major draw for tourists but became a sanctuary for Islamists. AFP

    France: Hunt is on for extremists in beheading

    Algerian forces expanded their search on Thursday through the mountainous region where a newly formed extremist group claiming allegiance to the Syria-based Islamic State group beheaded a French hiker the day before.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  92. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Sept. 23 over northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / U.S. Air Forces Central

    U.S., coalition forces hit IS oil refineries in Syria

    U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday, including 12 'modular oil refineries,' the U.S. Central Command said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  93. Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event Sept. 12 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. 'Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country,' Brown, the former Massachusetts senator trying to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, says in a commercial. 'President Obama and Sen. Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me.' Elise Amendola / AP

    GOP uses terror threat against Dems in campaign

    The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  94. Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, who was abducted in Algeria on Sept. 21 in a video posted online on Sept. 24 after Paris rejected their demand to halt strikes in Iraq. Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in a national park that was once a major draw for tourists but became a sanctuary for Islamists. AFP

    Jihadist video claims beheading of French hostage

    An Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State released a video Wednesday purportedly showing the beheading of a French tourist who was abducted on Sunday, a U.S. terrorist watchdog group says.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  95. President Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Wednesday. Jason DeCrow/The Associated Press

    Obama calls for dismantling Islamic State group 'network of death'

    Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Obama vowed at the U.N. on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State 'network of death' that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the U.S. back into military action.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  96. In this image provided by the Navy an EA-6B Prowler lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush after conducting strike missions on Tuesday. MC3 Brian Stephens / AP

    U.S. strikes militant staging area in Syria

    U.S. warplanes bombed Islamic State militant positions on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  97. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard on August 8 as smoke rises after airstrikes targeting militants of the Islamic State group near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/The Associated Press

    Iran general helped Iraq's Kurds battle IS group

    A top Iranian general and 70 of his forces were on the ground in Iraq this summer, helping Kurdish fighters defend the regional capital Irbil against Islamic State militants, a senior commander from Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  98. Obama aide asserts no U.S. troops on ground in Iraq

    National security adviser Susan Rice is asserting there's no plan to commit American ground combat forces to the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  99. Syrians check a damaged house reportedly hit by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Sept. 23 in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province. Sami Ali / AFP

    Troops, vets divided over how to fight Islamic State

    Post-9/11 veterans are sharply divided about whether the U.S. air campaign in Syria and Iraq is enough to defeat the terrorists or whether the U.S. needs to commit boots on the ground to destroy the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 23, 2014

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