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** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama: U.S. won't stop confronting Islamic State, appalled by Foley murder

By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

A "heartbroken" President Obama offered condolences Wednesday to the family of an American journalist murdered on-camera by terrorists in Iraq a day earlier while also vowing to continue to fight against the "cancer" that is the Islamic State. Published August 20, 2014

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 THIS CORRECTs THE TYPE OF WARPLANE IS AN EA-6B -- An  EA-6B coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. Aircrafts aboard the George H.W. Bush are flying missions over Iraq after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants and food drops for Iraqis trapped by the fighters. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

Associated Press

American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

An artistic rendering of the hypersonic aircraft. (Associated Press)

China secretly conducts second test of new hypersonic missile

China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing's global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.

** FILE ** The Trinity Test Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945. (Associated Press)

Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

- Associated Press

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

FILE - This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. Activists have reported two cases of stoning this month in the Syrian northern province of Raqqa. The first case of stoning occurred in the town of Tabqa. A day after the July 17, 2014, stoning of Shamseh Mohammed Abdullah, 26, Faddah al-Sayed Ahmad was stoned to death in the provincial capital of Raqqa. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)

Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

- Associated Press

The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led amid the country's civil war, activists said Monday.

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President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. (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.