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Sep 24, 2014

Obama vows to keep up military pressure on Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations on Wednesday to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to “leave the battlefield while they can.”

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed and issued a global call for nations to come together to join a U.S.-led coalition. Before he spoke, U.S.-led airstrikes for the third time this week pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 23, 2014

Analysis – Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humour? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 22, 2014

FBI watching some Americans who returned from Syria conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the 100 Americans who went to Syria and Iraq to join up with radical groups like Islamic State have returned to the United States, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid fears that such foreign fighters could pose a security threat at home.

The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly this week, did not provide a specific number of Americans who had returned.

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. won’t telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon.

Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ukraine President Petro
Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United
States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned
down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed
separatists.

Images of Poroshenko sitting side by side with Obama in the
Oval Office and of the warm reception he received in a speech to
Congress projected a symbolic show of solidarity with the
Ukraine leader as he faces down Russia’s incursion.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. giving $53 million in new aid for Ukraine’s struggle with Russian incursion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Thursday for its struggle against Russia’s incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

Senior Obama administration officials said the new assistance would include $46 million to bolster Ukraine’s security in its conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and $7 million in humanitarian aid.

Sep 17, 2014

Biden triggers 2016 speculation with Iowa visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the 2016 Democratic presidential competition there is Hillary Clinton and everyone else, all powerful politicians who could make a credible run should she decide not to seek the presidency.

Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of that group, which also includes Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Biden’s visit to Iowa on Wednesday for a relatively minor event speaks volumes about his desire to keep his name relevant in the 2016 discussion.

Sep 15, 2014

U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Syrian military’s air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

President Barack Obama’s authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria has raised the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would respond in some way.

Sep 12, 2014

Obama says need to ‘snuff out’ militant groups like Islamic State

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to “ultimately snuff out” the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is a “sobering time,” said Obama at a Democratic fund-raising event in Baltimore following his decision to authorize U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time, and to add to targeted areas in Iraq.

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