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WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. state Department has requested additional military personnel to provide security in Iraq, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The request for additional military personnel, which would include fewer than 300 ...
Although US intelligence agencies are still analyzing the video, Foley's family confirmed his death. His mother released a statement on the 'Find James Foley' facebook page saying in part: "We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - US official says American planes, drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday. copyright 2014 The Associated Press.
The U.S. officials added that President Barack Obama had been briefed about the video and an official confirmation from the White House is expected later on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, a U.S. official said, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. The ...
One U.S. official said the video appeared to be authentic, and two other U.S. officials said the victim was Foley. All three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the killing by name. One of the officials ...
The man, who United States Government officials confirmed Tuesday night to be Foley, then delivers a statement saying the United States government is his killer. "For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality," ABC ...
Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the victim executed by Islamic State militants as shown in a grisly video released Tuesday.
... the National Interest and MediaLine. One U.S. official said the video appeared to be authentic, and two other U.S. officials said the victim was Foley. All three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ...
American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents ...

Baghdad - Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of U.S. airstrikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and U.S. officials said Monday ...
German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton.
Rick Barton, a top State Department official, says sometimes the U.S. has to take risks in diplomacy. Citing his own frustrations, he says that the Obama administration has yet to come up with a real strategy to resolve the war in Syria and isolate ...
"We're seeing an expansion of its external terrorist ambitions," one U.S. counterterrorism official said in a briefing for reporters Thursday.
(JTA) - U.S. officials denied reports of a change in the procedure through which their government supplies arms to Israel. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said: "Let me be clear: There has been no ...
The Islamic State terror group is now "a credible alternative to al Qaeda" that is "expanding its presence" with foreign fighters returning from Syria, and possibly Iraq, to their home countries, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday. The official ...
Critics say the administration is only putting off the day when the U.S. will have to directly confront the Islamic State group, whose forces surprised and impressed U.S. officials with the speed and proficiency with which they overran Iraqi government ...
Officials have closed the three shelters for unaccompanied migrant children that were set up temporarily on military bases to cope with a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing the border.
While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries dropped food and water to the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, the Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them, a sign of how Syria's Kurds, like Iraq's, are using the region's conflicts to establish their ...
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination interrogated US officials in Geneva about a raft of issues, including discrimination of minorities at different levels of the criminal justice system, unequal access to education and harsh ...
The top U.S. government official on mental health said the death of Robin Williams should be a call to action for researchers working to treat serious mental illness and prevent suicide.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two U.S. officials say that roughly 4,500 people remain atop northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, and nearly half are herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.
Thirty-one U.S. states have elected English as their official language, with 5 more states planning to follow suit. Yet, despite the majority of U.S. citizens taking this stance, the American government has not made any progress to formally acknowledge ...
A small group of U.S. special forces have been on Iraq's Mount Sinjar carrying out what U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday was an assessment of the humanitarian crisis where thousands of minority Yazidis are trapped by extremist fighters.
A small group of U.S. special forces have been on Iraq's Mount Sinjar carrying out what U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday was an assessment of the humanitarian crisis where thousands of minority Yazidis are trapped by extremist fighters.
But the case illustrated that the White House and the State Department have little influence over the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the paper said, quoting officials from both countries. The Journal said that US officials, rather ...
While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries dropped food and water to the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, the Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them, a sign of how Syria's Kurds, like Iraq's, are using the region's conflicts to establish their ...
WASHINGTON - Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night. A team of U.S. military personnel assessed the situation and reported that only several thousand ...
Faysh Khabur, Iraq (CNN) -- The United States is sending more troops to northern Iraq, a move that U.S. officials told CNN on Tuesday is necessary to help in the rescue of tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped in the mountains by extremists who have ...
Taiwan is hoping to acquire advanced fighter jets from the United States, preferably the F-35 stealth fighter, but upgraded F-16C/D fighters would also be an option, a Defense Ministry official said Tuesday. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major ...
Another defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to provide additional details on the sensitive mission, said the extra troops were Marines and Special Operations Forces whose mission was to assess the situation in the Sinjar area and to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S. officials said, as the United States helps confront radical Islamist militants who threaten Iraqi minorities and the ...
The U.S.'s official export credit agency, which provides financial support to foreign companies purchasing U.S. goods, has become a dividing line between pro-business supporters who say it's good for American jobs and Tea Party groups who say it ...
Corrupt officials aren't exactly sympathetic, but U.S. judges will still be hesitant about extraditing these figures to China, where any legal defense they are allowed will be pro forma at best.
To bolster that effort, the administration is also very close to approving plans for the Pentagon to arm the Kurds, a senior official said. In recent days, the US military has been helping facilitate weapons deliveries from the Iraqis to the Kurds ...
U.S. citizens in Iraq face the risk of roadside improvised explosive devices on both people and cars, concealed mines, mortars, rockets, and shootings from direct fire weapons.
A U.S. military official said that the Pentagon and the State Department are discussing other possible ways to deliver weapons to the Kurds through open channels, but that they would need the legal authorization to do so.
A Judge in Columbia ruled that providing law enforcement with access to an entire email account in an investigation did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures of property. The order ...
(CNN) -- The U.S. military carried out a new series of airstrikes Sunday against ISIS targets in Iraq, while some 20,000 Yazidi Iraqis who had been trapped on Mount Sinjar were rescued and taken to the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Officials with U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said Monday that the Islamic State convoy was moving to attack troops defending Irbil, the city in northern Iraq that the Obama administration wants to protect ...
The Department of State relocated staff members from the Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate General in Erbil to the Consulate General in Basrah and the Iraq Support Unit in Amman, officials announced Sunday. However, the Embassy in Baghdad and ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official for Iraq said on Sunday he fully supported Iraqi President Fouad Masoum after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who the United States has blamed for stoking Iraq's security crisis, accused Masoum of violating ...
Senior US officials: Obama administration Has Begun Directly Arming Kurds in Iraq. SYDNEY - Aug 11, 2014, 3:58 AM ET. Associated Press.


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