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  • 5 potential pitfalls in Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama sounded confident about his multi-pronged strategy to defeat the Islamic State. He said the United States would bomb the extremists whether in Iraq or Syria, train local partners to conduct the mop-up effort on the...
  • U.S. lawmakers embrace fight against Islamic State, some question Obama plan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers say they are on the verge of taking a "war vote" as they consider whether to back President Barack Obama's campaign to destroy Islamic State, and despite broad support for action many fear being drawn into a quagmire....
  • Obama hasn't given specific order to strike in Syria, officials say

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has not yet authorized the U.S. Central Command to conduct offensive combat operations in Syria, two senior defense officials told McClatchy on Thursday, underscoring the uncertainty that U.S. officials still have over...
  • Turkish aid to al-Qaida-linked group shows finding allies in Syria is tough

    WASHINGTON In an effort to map out the ideological spectrum of Syria's various rebel groups, Turkish and American officials used a color-coded scheme: green for trusted friends, red for clear-cut enemies and yellow for those in the middle. That middle...
  • Is Obama Islamic State's worst nightmare?

    Is Obama Islamic State's worst nightmare?
    There's an air of tragedy about President Barack Obama. He wants to chart a new course — pivot to the Pacific, end the long decade of war, do nation-building at home — but the Old World's most derelict, dysfunctional quarters keep pulling...
  • For Assad, U.S. plan will weaken one foe but bolster others

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar al-Assad's major enemies. But the new U.S. strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him. The U....
  • U.S. pledges nearly $500 million aid for people, nations hit by Syria war

    ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria's civil war. The aid package includes more than $250 million "to assist refugees and host...
  • Stuck in Middle East, defending imaginary lines in the sand

    The rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East is, to be certain, shocking to Western sensibilities and seems so sudden that it requires an equally swift and shocking response. In Washington, Congress has clamored for and President Barack Obama seems to...
  • Obama strategy in Iraq, Syria hinges on long shots

    Obama strategy in Iraq, Syria hinges on long shots
    As the United States pivots back onto a war footing in the Middle East, President Obama's strategy is rooted in at least three basic assumptions, all of them highly questionable. In his prime-time speech Wednesday, Obama envisioned the emergence of a...
  • Lawmakers backing Obama but questions persist

    — Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania had a concise response Thursday to the president's request for money to arm and train Syrian rebels: Better late than never. The request was part of a broad plan that President Barack Obama outlined Wednesday...
  • U.S. faces uncertain task in building coalition against Islamic State

    The coalition taking shape as Secretary of State John F. Kerry launched a recruitment drive Thursday among Middle Eastern states and European allies appears to be broader and more committed than the one mustered for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but the U.S....