- Touting progress, Obama says Islamic State is losing ground Updated: Jul-06-15 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.
- Dempsey: No shortcuts in Syria rebel vetting Updated: Jul-01-15 4:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. hopes to boost a faltering program for training moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, but it will not compromise on the standards it has used to weed out problematic volunteers, Pentagon leaders said Wednesday.
- Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.
- House rejects bid to force troop withdrawal in Iraq, Syria Updated: Jun-17-15 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday refused to order the withdrawal of U.S. forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria by the end of the year.
- Dempsey doubts need for deep US role in Iraq, urges patience Updated: Jun-15-15 3:17 am
LONDON - In the homestretch of a 41-year U.S. Army career shaped by war and the scars of war, Gen. Martin Dempsey sounds unconvinced that Iraq has found its path to lasting victory over the Islamic State group.
- General: New US hub in Iraq could be model Updated: Jun-11-15 7:43 pm
NAPLES, Italy - The Pentagon's top general said Thursday the U.S. military's reach could extend even further into Iraq if the anti-Islamic State campaign gains momentum, and he held out the possibility of eventually recommending to President Barack Obama that U.S. troops take on the riskier role of calling in airstrikes.
- US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task Updated: Jun-10-15 6:29 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press.
- Dempsey reassures Israel it will keep military edge Updated: Jun-09-15 3:29 pm
JERUSALEM - The top U.S. military officer reassured Israel on Tuesday that it will maintain a military edge over potential adversaries, including Gulf Arab states, regardless of whether Washington completes a nuclear deal with Iran.