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U.S. Attempted And Failed To Rescue American Hostages In Syria

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen…

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

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Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place — war-torn Syria. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday that at least 15,000 Yazidi refugees are sheltering in Syria’s Kurdish north, after fleeing from Iraq in early August when the Islamic State captured Yazidi towns. Wounded, weak and deeply traumatized by their flight through barren mountains in…

U.S., Kurds Free Thousands Of Trapped Yazidis

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U.S. Defense officials announced Wednesday that U.S. and Kurdish operations in Iraq had “broken the siege on Mount Sinjar” in Iraq, making it possible for thousands of the Yazidi people trapped there by raiding Islamic State militants to escape, the New York Times reported. The break in the militants hold on the area resulted from U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish fighters, the paper reported. Tens of thousands of the minority group…

Obama, Clinton Camps Move To Downplay Schism

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WASHINGTON — For months now, political junkies and the national press corps have been salivating over the prospects of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama once again applying proverbial chokeholds to each other. Conflict seemed inevitable since she — contemplating a presidential run — needed distance from him — wallowing in some of his lowest approval ratings on matters of foreign policy. After a few instances of apparent friction passed…

Lindsey Graham: If Obama Doesn’t Go On Offense, Terrorists Are ‘Coming Here’

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doesn’t think the public has been sufficiently frightened about what is going on in the Middle East. On Sunday, he urged President Barack Obama to give a speech warning Americans that the United States faces a possible terrorist attack from Iraq or Syria. Speaking to host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham repeatedly insisted on addressing his answers to Obama instead. “So Mr….

Kurdish Forces Seize Back Two Towns From Insurgents: Kurdish Official

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Reinvigorated by American airstrikes, Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday, achieving one of their first victories after weeks of retreating, a senior Kurdish military official said. Kurdish peshmerga fighters were able to push the militants of the Islamic State group out of the villages of Makhmour and al-Gweir, some 45 kilometers from Irbil, Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said. The United States launched a fourth…

Obama: U.S. Airstrikes, Aid In Iraq Continues With No Set ‘Timetable’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said that U.S. airstrikes have successfully destroyed Islamic State arms and equipment moving against Kurdish forces in Iraq on Saturday, just hours before he was set to depart on a two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. “We feel confident we can keep ISIL from going up a mountain and slaughtering the people there,” he said in a statement from the White House. Obama said the U.S….

U.S. Launches 4 Airstrikes On Iraqi Militants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians. U.S. Central Command says the Islamic State militants were firing on Yazidi civilians taking shelter in the Sinjar mountains. In a statement, the military says the militants were firing on civilians indiscriminately. Central Command says the…

White House: No End Date On Military Action In Iraq

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WASHINGTON — The White House gave vague assurances on Friday that U.S. military involvement in Iraq will be limited in nature, seeking to ease political and public concern about Americans being drawn back into another war. During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly stated that the U.S. would not engage in “prolonged” efforts to beat back the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS….

As Obama Considers Iraq Strike, White House Spokesman Fumbles Anti-Genocide Doctrine

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WASHINGTON — In 2011, the White House issued a presidential study directive that states: “Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States.” At the time, the Obama administration proudly announced that, unlike prior administrations, it wanted to give the U.S. a clear framework for preventing mass killings worldwide. This commitment to genocide prevention helped explain U.S. actions in…