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.
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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
U.S. counterterrorism officials say Twitter's crackdown on tweets from the Islamic State is complicating efforts to identify the terrorist group's key members and activities by intelligence agencies that increasingly use social media to spy on the militants.
The State Department wants the Pentagon to send additional troops to Iraq — an indication that the battle to defeat the Islamic State group is steadily growing.
EXCLUSIVE: A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.
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.
A Ph.D. physicist who was indicted in 2010 for passing sensitive nuclear data from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a person she believed to be a Venezuelan government official has been sentenced to just over a year in prison, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad.
Radical Sunni terrorists with the Islamic State posted a video Tuesday that appears to show they beheaded missing American photojournalist James Foley in what could be an escalation of the terrorist group's activities targeting the United States.
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.
The Army is extending its probe into a soldier who went missing from an Afghanistan combat outpost in June 2009 and was captured by Islamic militants.
Islamic State terrorists sent a blunt warning to the United States via video, threatening to fill the streets with blood if White House-inspired airstrikes are successful and disrupt their raids.
A union that represents civilian workers at Fort Bragg is asking the congressional delegation to fight potential budget cuts.
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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"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.