Members of the Islamic State group operating out of Syria have responded to the threat of U.S. airstrikes by going underground. The streets in Raqqa have been cleared of vehicles and the group’s assets have been redeployed to minimize exposure to western intelligence agencies.
Senior Pentagon officials say that even if Congress approves a measure authorizing the U.S. military to train Syrian rebels battling the Islamic State it could be well into next year before those fighters reach the battlefield.
Ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first public hearing Wednesday, Democrats on the committee say they’re launching an online clearinghouse to deal with questions already asked and answered and dispel falsehoods about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack.
The top uniformed military officer said Tuesday that the failed mission to rescue James Foley and other hostages being kept by Islamic State militants was the toughest he’s ever seen.
The federal government’s Next Generation Identification System — a biometric database that relies largely on facial-recognition technology — is now fully operational, the FBI announced Monday.
The saying “Rangers lead the way” can now apply to the U.S. Army’s elite school’s handling of gender issues. The U.S. Army Ranger school will receive its first women volunteers in the spring of 2015.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III West Virginia said he’s not on board with President Obama’s request to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels as part of the plan to combat the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
There will be 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq by the time President Obama’s current plans are fully in place — but none of those are considered combat troops, which means the U.S. is not officially reengaged in the war there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.
The militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul is ushering in a new school year with a curriculum that has “permanently annulled” lessons in history, literature, art, music and Christianity.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, defended her recent comments in support of Israeli attacks on schools and hospitals in Palestine during a forum at Tufts University on Monday.
While President Obama is focused on getting money to friendly-ish Syrian rebels, Congress is increasingly demanding he take more steps to stop militant fighters from coming to the U.S. by stripping Americans of their passports if they join the fight and by suspending countries that have large contingents of foreign fighters from the Visa Waiver Program.
A plane belonging to the Syrian military crashed in the northeastern city of Raqqa, a site held by members of the terror group, Islamic State.