Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Feb 14, 2015

Islamic State seizes Iraqi town near base with U.S. forces

Islamic State jihadis have captured the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, putting them within striking distance of an air base where American troops are training Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Friday. The fall of the town, which the Pentagon played down as a ...

Feb 13, 2015

Obama to encourage companies to share cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. The order sets the stage for ...

Feb 13, 2015

In rare move, U.S. played support role in Ukraine talks

by Jo Biddle

Washington rarely shies away from seeking to wield its heft in a world crisis, but in the tense negotiations for a Ukraine cease-fire it has played a curiously behind-the-scenes role. While U.S. officials insist that from the get-go the Obama administration has been in ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats. The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate ...

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

Feb 12, 2015

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal, reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, included a cease-fire that would ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress to authorize war on Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East. Republicans, who control Congress and say ...

U.S. withdrawing troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. withdrawing troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

President Barack Obama said Wednesday U.S. military efforts to contain Ebola would give way to a civilian-led drive to “extinguish” the virus, as he ordered home American troops in West Africa. “We are shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it,” ...

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress for war powers to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for its backing to fight the Islamic State group without geographical limits, but with curbs on the use of ground forces. Tantamount to a declaration of war, the authority would allow Obama to prosecute the fight ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama seen weighing slower forces drawdown in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is weighing options for keeping some U.S. troops in Afghanistan longer than planned, while maintaining the goal of ending military operations by 2017, according to an administration official. The potential slowdown of the U.S. withdrawal, which would be the second delay ...

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

Feb 11, 2015

Hometown mourns for American woman held by Islamic State

The small Arizona town where Kayla Jean Mueller grew up gathered in grief Tuesday upon learning that the 26-year-old aid worker who traveled the world on a quest to help others had died while in the hands of Islamic State militants. A memorial of ...