A day after his counterparts at the Pentagon said U.S. ground troops may be needed in the future to defeat Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John F. Kerry asserted outright Wednesday that “U.S. ground troops will not be sent into combat in this conflict.”
A two-star general tapped by the Obama administration to coordinate a military response to the Ebola crisis in Africa has arrived in Liberia to survey the area for a new Joint Force Command headquarters.
Contradicting comments from his top military advisers, President Obama told U.S. troops Wednesday that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded to harsh criticism from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a letter on Wednesday, inviting him to come to Texas to see the professionalism of the National Guard troops now stationed at the Texas border.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will not lift the ban that keeps Libyans from coming to study aviation or nuclear sciences in the U.S., he told Congress on Wednesday, pushing back against an initiative supported by the State Department and the White House.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin isn’t happy about the math on President Obama’s $500 million plan to train 5,000 Syrian rebels over the course of a year to fight the Islamic State terrorist group.
A yearlong investigation into cyberattacks on U.S. military contractors for U.S. Transportation Command found that 50 such incidents occurred over the 12 months beginning June 1, 2012.
The world is seeing “an emerging competition” for terrorist supremacy between the Islamic State and core al Qaeda groups, which could leave the U.S. in even more danger as their top target, top Americans homeland security and intelligence officials said Wednesday.
A spokesman for the family of the second beheaded American journalist, Steven Sotloff, said they wanted to rescue him from the grips of the Islamic State, but officials working for President Obama “bullied” them into softening their approach.
“I do not expect much fair coverage from a media that is mysteriously uninterested in telling the real Benghazi story, in probing even the most basic facts about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks,” Mr. Klein says.
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will roll out a National Intelligence Strategy this week. This will be the third such document, after reports by John D. Negroponte in 2005 and Dennis C. Blair in 2009.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez traded fiery jabs with television’s Sean Hannity in a recent broadcast, telling the Fox News host that cracking down on the border as a first priority counter-terrorism measure is futile.