The Pentagon is working to confirm that the intended target of a covert counterterrorism strike in Somalia is among the six militants killed.
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State Dept. asked if U.S. at war with Islamic State: 'I'm not going to, again, put new labels on it'
By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said shortly after the purported killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff that the U.S. government was not going to "put new labels" on America's response to the Islamic State group by calling it war. Published September 2, 2014
The Pentagon wants a plane that can attain incredibly fast speeds while also possessing the ability to hover. The experimental Phantom Swift X-Plane will fulfill that role, and now Boeing has secured a $9 million to continue work it started roughly one year ago.
President Obama is under fire for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors.
A Marine Corps helicopter carrying 25 crashed in the Gulf of Aden -- but all 25 aboard were brought to safety, U.S. Navy officials said.
The muted American response to Russia's invasions of Ukraine could have consequences far beyond Eastern Europe, according to security analysts who fear the crisis may discourage countries in the future from swearing off nuclear weapons like Kiev did in a 1994 treaty.
Sen. Robert Menendez said Sunday that eastern Ukraine is under direct attack by Russia and that Western allies should seriously consider military assistance, although not troops on the ground, to repel President Vladimir Putin's designs in the region.
The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Obama is notably cautious — "maybe, in this instance, too cautious" — but insisted the U.S. and its allies will coalesce behind a plan to beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria before their well-funded sources take Baghdad.
The United Arab Emirates and France are closing in on the nations' first defense deal involving spy satellites, but major sticking points weren't broken until a key issue involving the export of U.S. technology was reached.
Rep. Tom Cole said the U.S. and its allies must fight the Islamic State in a methodical, effective way, without rushing to act for its own sake.
Despite never serving in uniform, Donna Joyner has felt the effects of the Vietnam War every day for the last 33 years.
A federal judge Tuesday urged jurors in the criminal case against four Blackwater security guards to proceed with caution when assessing testimony by the defendants' former colleagues given under immunity.
Sen. Chris Murphy said Tuesday that the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria must be stopped, but he does not think President Obama is being "too cautious" in his approach to the task.
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, blasted President Obama over his foreign policy with Russia on Saturday accusing him of being a weak "kitty cat."
The parents of a SEAL Team Six member who was killed when his helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan have penned a letter to President Obama, calling into question the commander-in-chief's leadership abilities and saying outright that he ought to resign.
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
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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.