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  1. Sailors prepare to launch aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  2. Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  3. Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court on Sept. 14 during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

    North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor

    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  4. This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as 'an act of pure evil.'

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  5. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  6. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport on Saturday as he leaves the Egyptian capital. Kerry described Egypt as an 'important partner' during a short stop in Cairo to build support against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski/The Associated Press

    Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  7. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned an audience in Washington on Sept. 10 that removing troops from the country too early could have dire results. Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated Press

    Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short'

    A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  8. David Petraeus speaks with moderator Andy Alexander at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, on Sept. 11. Petraeus said Islamic State militants do not have strong local support in Iraq and their strength should not be over-rated. Aaron Ontiveroz / AP

    Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  9. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the end of a meeting in Ankara on Friday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab states worry about U.S. plan against militants

    The United States has made headway in winning international support to confront the Islamic State, but Arab countries have been reluctant to make specific commitments of help and remain worried about the level of American follow-through, analysts say.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  10. President Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/The Associated Press

    White House: New U.S. mission a war as with al-Qaida

    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  11. In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting Friday in Ankara, Turkey. AP

    U.S., Turkey mull strategy against Islamic militants

    The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide coalition destroy the insurgent threat.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  12. U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war against Isalmic State that President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander said. AFP

    Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, senior Air Force officer says

    U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA Today.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  13. In this July 22, 2012 file photo, Gen. John Allen gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. US officials say that Allen will serve as coordinator for the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play. Musadeq Sadeq/The Associated Press

    Former Afghanistan commander John Allen to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will play, U.S.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  14. This picture taken on December 28, 2012, shows the U.S. embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic. SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty Images

    U.S. force sent to Central African Republic to help reopen embassy

    President Obama has dispatched 20 U.S. military personnel to the Central African Republic to help reopen the American Embassy there.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  15. US President Barack Obama outlined his plans Wednesday night to fight the Islamic State. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Lawmakers rally around Obama, few insist on approving IS strikes

    Lawmakers are rallying around President Barack Obama's plan to increase US military operations against the Islamic State, with some wanting stronger steps and few demanding Congress authorize the strikes.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  16. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and regional counterparts began talks Thursday in Saudi Arabia on forming a coalition to support an American campaign against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    Key Arab allies promised Thursday to 'do their share' to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  17. FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File) Uncredited / AP

    Obama's new ISIL strategy: Little near-term impact on optempo, budget

    President Obama's new strategy for confronting the extremists known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is unlikely to have an immediate impact on the U.S. military's operational tempo or overall budget.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  18. FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File) Uncredited / AP

    Expanded airstrikes are 1st step in long campaign

    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the greater Mideast.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. Russian, U.S. diplomats discuss key arms treaty

    Russian and U.S. diplomats have traded mutual complaints over a landmark nuclear arms treaty, but pledged their adherence to it.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  20. Cpl. Saul Valdez, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signals Capt. John Yunkner before performing a final inspection of the Harrier before an air-to-air combat exercise with French Mirage 2000 pilots. The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Sgt. Austin Hazard/Marine Corps

    Marine Harrier strikes Islamic State near Haditha Dam

    A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier has struck an Islamic State target near the Haditha Dam in Iraq.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  21. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after a meeting Wednesday in Baghdad, Iraq. Kerry is traveling to the mideast this week to discuss ways to bolster the stability of the new Iraqi government and combat the Islamic State militant group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski / AP

    Kerry says U.S. will back Iraq against militants

    The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  22. President Obama delivers a prime time address from the White House on Wednesday. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama authorizes airstrikes in Syria

    The president also announced that he is dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to assist that country's security forces, bringing the total number of American forces sent there this summer to more than 1,500.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  23. Obama's speech: Read the full text

    My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  24. Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on weapons modernization plans in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. Putin said Russia has no intention to launch a new arms race, but will respond to all security challenges. Alexei Druzhinin/The Associated Press

    Putin promises the development of new weapons

    Russia will counter military moves by the U.S.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  25. France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

    PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed.

    • Sep. 10, 2014

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