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In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reacts as he listens to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey. Kerry is in Ankara to press Turkey to join an international coalition against the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Kerry to Senate: No ground troops against Islamic State

- The Washington Times

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.”

President Barack Obama greets members of the military upon his arrival on Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama will spend the night in Tampa and tomorrow morning he will receive a briefing at US Central Command about the ongoing military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama tells troops no ground war in Iraq

- The Washington Times

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, from left, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen testify before the House Homeland Security Full Committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Jeh Johnson rebuffs Obama, backs Reagan on Libya visas ban

- The Washington Times

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.

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New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

Associated Press

The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism

- Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.  It is the first in a series of high-profile hearings that will measure congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

- Associated Press

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

Whistleblower settles lawsuit for $990,000

Associated Press

A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit.

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. Elfgeeh, who was accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others, is now facing new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File)

Man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

Associated Press

An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Luger told the AP about the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul participating in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terrorist organizations overseas. Authorities have said a handful of people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria. At least one man has died while fighting for the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

- Associated Press

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.

Czechs to train Iraqi helicopter pilots

Associated Press

The Czech Defense Ministry says it has signed a deal with Iraq to provide training to 31 helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.

President Obama, right, greets military personnel as he arrives at MacDill Air Force Base for meetings at Central Command, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

- Associated Press

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.

Rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls

- Associated Press

Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.