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Sep 23, 2014

U.S., Arab partners launch first strikes on IS in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.

“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.

Sep 23, 2014

U.S., Arab partners launch first strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and several Gulf Arab allies have launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.

“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement on Monday.

Sep 21, 2014

U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines.

President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials and former officials say the reality of a protracted campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria may ultimately require greater use of U.S. troops, including tactical air strike spotters or front-line advisers embedded with Iraq forces.

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.

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