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President Barack Obama speaks the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama confesses: 'We don't have a strategy yet' for Islamic State

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

President Obama acknowledged Thursday he doesn't have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action, while he also downplayed reports of a new Russian invasion in Ukraine. Published August 28, 2014

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British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to deliver a press conference in Downing Street, London, Friday Aug. 29, 2014.  The Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that UK's terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe". Britain raised the country's terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely.(AP Photo/Facundo Arrizabalaga, Pool)

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

- Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.

In this  photo taken from video  by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, Monday May 12, 2014 shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. The new video purports to show dozens of abducted schoolgirls, covered in jihab and praying in Arabic. It is the first public sight of the girls since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school the night of April 14  exactly four weeks ago. (AP Photo)

Scholars: Boko Haram caliphate claim may be inspired by ISIS

Catholic News Agency

The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram’s claim to have established a caliphate – or a state ruled under Islamic law – in part of Nigeria draws inspiration from ISIS insurgents and from a desire for more world attention, said experts.

** FILE ** U.S. Pacific Command's Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, talks to the media following a session on "Security Outlook" in the ongoing World Economic Forum on East Asia Friday, May 23, 2014, at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Top U.S. admiral slams China, accuses Beijing of creating instability

- The Washington Times

The top admiral in charge of U.S. military operations in Asia lambasted China this week, accusing Chinese leaders of actively fomenting instability in the South and East China seas instead of using their expanding economic and military power to create sustainable security in the region.

Members of the OSCE examine the scene of a shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

Ukraine, NATO, US: Russian forces inside Ukraine

- Associated Press

"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO and U.S. officials backed up that assessment.

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul warns against interventionism in Middle East

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the United States cannot be the world's police and is warning against listening to the "interventionists" in both parties, as he argues that their approach to the Middle East has "never been good foreign policy" because it is founded in the idea of "shooting first and asking questions later."

FILE -In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a small-boat crew patrols near Sandy Hook, N.J., during the agency's first patrol of Sandy Hook waterways since Superstorm Sandy hit the region a week earlier. For the Coast Guard, the devastation to Sandy Hook altered the mission there. Piers and mooring stations were broken apart and base housing for more than 30 families had to be abandoned after a sewerage treatment plant shared with the National Park Service was knocked out of operation. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/ Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson, File)

Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

- Associated Press

The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."

This handout photo provided by the Office of the Defense Secretary (OSD), taken Aug. 19, 2014,  shows a Chinese fighter jet that the Obama administration said Friday conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.  (AP Photo/OSD)

China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights

Associated Press

China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week.

'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

- Associated Press

Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

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** FILE ** President Obama speaks to the press from Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pointing the presidential finger over Iraq

- The Washington Times

President Obama can't help himself. Even as he ordered airstrikes on the Islamic State forces in Iraq threatening to starve, shoot or behead as many as 50,000 refugees trapped on a mountaintop, he had to try to assure the world, his fellow citizens and perhaps, most importantly, himself that the mess wasn't his fault.

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This Oct. 5, 2011, photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, shows Vice Adm. Michael Rogers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is announcing that Rogers, the head of the Navy's Cyber Command, has been chosen to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency. Rogers, also a former intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being nominated to replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander. (AP Photo.U.S. Navy)

Iranian hackers entered 'bloodstream' of Navy network

- The Washington Times

An Iranian attack on the Navy's largest unclassified computer network that was first reported on in September managed to get into the "bloodstream" of the system — a much more serious breach of security than previous thought — officials now admit, the Wall Street Journal said.