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Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

TAMPA, Fla. | President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

September 17, 2014 12:56 pm Related


Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON | Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreadi…

September 10, 2014 9:35 pm Related
Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

FILE - This September 2012 file photo posted on the website shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill…

August 20, 2014 6:28 pm
Activist group: Jihadists besiege Syrian city

Activist group: Jihadists besiege Syrian city

FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State was originally al-Qaida's branch in Iraq, but it used Syria's civil war to vau…

June 13, 2014 10:28 am
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