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Is it too risky to bomb ISIS inside Syria right now?

Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:29
As President Obama contemplates the use of military force to defeat Islamic militants in Syria, Congress is still divided on the question. Two Republican lawmakers said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) requires a quick and forceful U.S. response - including possible airstrikes - the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee warned that the region's geopolitics mean the first step must…
Officials: Iraqi forces break jihadist siege of Amerli
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
Baghdad (AFP) - Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni Islamic State (IS) jihadist group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside. The breakthrough came as America carried out limited strikes…
Israel appropriates West Bank land for possible settlement use
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration. Israel Radio said the step was taken in…
China slams door on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
Militia says it 'secured' US compound in Libya
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:28
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital has "secured" a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday. The Islamist militia's move likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It also comes near the two-year…
Dem: Obama 'too cautious' on ISIS
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:00
STORY HIGHLIGHTSNEW: Rep. Joe Courtney and others call for the Armed Services Committee to reconveneSen. Dianne Feinstein says Obama's approach to ISIS might be "too cautious"Republicans insist the threat ISIS poses to the U.S. is immediateObtaining intelligence about ISIS from war-torn Syria has been difficult, Democrats say (CNN) -- After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting…
Key Dem: Obama is 'too cautious'
Sunday, 31 August 2014 06:53
STORY HIGHLIGHTSNEW: Rep. Joe Courtney and others call for the Armed Services Committee to reconveneSen. Dianne Feinstein says Obama's approach to ISIS might be "too cautious"Republicans insist the threat ISIS poses to the U.S. is immediateObtaining intelligence about ISIS from war-torn Syria has been difficult, Democrats say (CNN) -- After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting…
U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amreli, airdrop aid
Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:55
By Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.
Obama's cool head an asset or liability?
Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:55
Washington (AFP) - He doesn't bluster and he doesn't strut and President Barack Obama certainly isn't panicking, though he admits it feels like the world is falling apart. But Obama's cool-in-a-crisis style and disdain for the impulsive use of military force is fueling criticism of his leadership, as crises stagger the Middle East and Ukraine. "If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart," the sanguine US leader told supporters…
Obama criticized by Dem as being 'too cautious' in ISIS approach
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:16
The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees criticized President Obama on Sunday for failing to decide yet on whether to hit Islamic State targets in Syria and urged him ahead of this week's key NATO summit to take decisive action before the militant group attacks on U.S. soil. "His foreign policy is in absolute free fall," Michigan GOP Rep.

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