At the end, senators were fighting over the chance to be the ones filibustering the Patriot Act in Saturday morning’s dramatic session, underscoring just how unpopular the law is and how difficult a time Republican leaders will have in trying to keep it intact as they race an end-of-month deadline.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter accused Iraqi forces Sunday of showing “no will to fight” Islamic State guerrillas who seized a crucial city west of Baghdad, a blunt assessment that drew an immediate rebuke from Iraqi officials who think the U.S. is scapegoating their besieged nation to obscure its own failures in the region.
Special operations forces are aggravated over being largely held back from the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.
The fate of the Patriot Act was hanging by a thread Saturday morning after votes overnight left the Senate stalemated, and with little more than a week to go before key powers of the anti-snooping law expire.
Two North Korean defectors and former spies say Cold War-type missions are ongoing. One claims that hundreds of the communist nation’s agents are in the U.S. at any given time.
Two Minneapolis men are accused of using student aid loans in their efforts to join the Islamic State group.
The Chinese-born Physics Department chairman of Temple University in Pennsylvania has been accused of trying to steal technology from the United States in order to help China become a world leader in manipulating magnetic fields.
U.S. airstrikes in Syria in November likely killed two civilian children, according to a Central Command report released Thursday night.
FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
The administration said Thursday that it would consider sending more military advisers to Iraq, although President Obama doesn’t believe the U.S.-led coalition is losing the war against the Islamic State after the terrorist group’s significant gains in recent days.
Activists and officials say Islamic State fighters are combing Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the historic Syrian town.