U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday.
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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
A cache of emergency weapons — including M16-A4 assault rifles and anti-tank missiles — was delivered Friday to Lebanon from the United States at Lebanon's request.
President Obama took off from the White House for Democratic fundraisers Friday while his spokesman tried to explain the president's comment that "we don't have a strategy yet" for defeating the Islamist terrorists in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a message for the international community on Friday: "It's best not to mess with us."
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.
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.
China's military held an exercise Friday aimed at showing off its latest warfare equipment — Z-10 and Z-19 attack helicopters and updated versions of the Type 99 main battle tanks.
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.
"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.
A plurality of Americans say the United States plays too big a role in solving global problems — though support is growing for the nation to have a tougher stance in foreign affairs, a new poll shows.
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."
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."
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.
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."
A federal judge in New York may force the government to release a trove of images taken at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.
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Obama foreign policy has long resembled the old Abbott and Costello "who's on first" routine.
"We have committed [troops] and are spending [millions of dollars] to give the people of Iraq humanitarian help and a breathing space. We have worked on this for months. We are doing the best we can."
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.
Could the milquetoasty, bloviating windsurfer and failed White House wannabe from Massachusetts be having a worse time of it?
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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.