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Aug 28, 2014

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. officials said. Germany said on Wednesday it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. officials said. Germany said on Wednesday it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal.

Nine prisoners were repatriated to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul, said Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins III, a U.S. military spokesman.

Aug 26, 2014

Collateral damage? U.S. destroys millions of dollars in U.S.-made arms in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The grainy black-and-white footage shows a military vehicle, a small dark mass in the crosshairs of a U.S. war plane, seconds before it explodes in a flash of light.

That Aug. 16 strike in northern Iraq, shown in video released by the U.S. military, destroyed an unknown number of Islamic State fighters and one U.S.-made armored vehicle with a price tag of up to $300,000.

Aug 21, 2014

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

“They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.

Aug 21, 2014

U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria

By Missy Ryan and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. intelligence, took place earlier this summer. Officials disclosed the mission a day after a video surfaced showing a militant beheading the 40-year-old Foley.

Aug 21, 2014

U.S. forces attempted but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria

, Aug 20 (Reuters) – U.S. forces
attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American
hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged
gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the
captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on
U.S. intelligence, took place earlier this summer. Officials
disclosed the mission a day after a video surfaced showing a
militant beheading the 40-year-old Foley.

Aug 21, 2014

Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the course with U.S. air strikes, U.S. officials say.

U.S. officials appeared rattled by the video posted on social media on Tuesday showing a masked, black-clad militant executing James Foley, 40, and declaring war against the United States in retaliation for nearly two weeks of U.S. air strikes on jihadist targets in Iraq.

Aug 15, 2014

U.S. aid to Iraq may speed up despite billions already spent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States may accelerate U.S. economic and military aid to Iraq with the end of Nuri al-Maliki’s eight-year reign but will first want proof that the country’s new leaders have abandoned his sectarian ways.

Maliki’s surprise announcement that he would give way to Haider Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister removes the man blamed by Washington for the revival of vicious sectarianism in Iraq and the advance of the Islamic State deep into Iraqi territory.

Aug 14, 2014

U.S. seeking European arms, ammunition for Kurds: officials

WASHINGTON/ROME (Reuters) – The United States is asking European countries to supply arms and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. and European officials said, signaling a widening of the international role in the conflict.

The United States has requested the arms in telephone calls with several European countries, the U.S. officials said, seeking help for Peshmerga fighters of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region who are struggling against better-armed militants of the self-styled Islamic State.

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