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Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

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 Photos

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Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

President Barack Obama, center, before the start of a briefing at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama was updated on the ongoing military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

September 17, 2014 11:25 am
Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

President Barack Obama, center, with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, right, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom), before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama was being updated on the ongoing milita…

September 17, 2014 11:25 am
Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

WASHINGTON | American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and tra…

September 16, 2014 5:15 pm Video Photos

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Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

September 16, 2014 4:58 pm Related

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Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support fo…

September 16, 2014 10:54 am
Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It is the first in a seri…

September 16, 2014 10:54 am
Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support fo…

September 16, 2014 10:54 am
Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in…

September 16, 2014 10:54 am
US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical a…

September 16, 2014 2:18 am

US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should a…

September 15, 2014 8:10 am

Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.

September 12, 2014 7:18 am Related

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9/11 commemoration amid renewed terror threat

9/11 commemoration amid renewed terror threat

A woman grieves at her husband's memorial at South Tower Memorial Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 p…

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Federal budget crunch idles Ill., other Guard units

CINCINNATI (AP) — Many of the nation's citizen-soldiers, whose motto is "Always Ready, Always There," won't be at regular training drills this weekend because of a federal funding shortfall.

September 05, 2014 11:09 am
In Gaza, dispute over civilian vs combatant deaths

In Gaza, dispute over civilian vs combatant deaths

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 29, 2014, smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. In the grisly math of the Israel-Hamas war, conflicting counts of combatants and civilians killed in Gaza are emerging - with the ratio perhaps more important t…

August 08, 2014 2:09 pm
Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

July 25, 2014 11:00 pm
Howard's memorable play marks U.S. World Cup run

Howard's memorable play marks U.S. World Cup run

SAO PAULO | Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast – and fans around the world, really – for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Sounding off on Bergdahl criticism

Sounding off on Bergdahl criticism

In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban on May 31, 2014, in exch…

June 10, 2014 12:44 pm

Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

WASHINGTON | Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet wha…

October 22, 2013 10:39 am
Bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty

Bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty

A moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing is observed on Boylston Street near the race finish line, exactly one week after the tragedy, Monday.

April 22, 2013 4:22 pm
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