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President Obama mostly watched as the Islamic State, defeated by U.S. forces in 2009, reassembled the old al Qaeda in Iraq leadership apparatus across the border amid the turmoil of the Syrian civil war. (Associated Press)

Islamic State expanded as Obama stayed on the sidelines

Under President Obama's watch, the Islamic State has risen rapidly from the ruins of its Iraq insurgency in 2010 into a full-service global terrorist group with an army able to direct and inspire attacks from a buzzing Syria headquarters. Published December 7, 2015

The Pentagon (Associated Press)

U.S. military's millennials at greatest risk for suicide

The U.S. military's historically high suicide rate is more a generational trait than a wartime offshoot, as millennial recruits join up carrying emotional baggage, a new research paper says. Published December 6, 2015

While ordering the U.S. military to open all combat jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said there would be no lowering of standards between the genders in active service roles. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter promises same standards for women in combat roles

The Pentagon's revolutionary move to open all direct land combat jobs to women sends a stressed and shrinking armed forces on a politically hazardous mission, as Obama administration appointees expect a significant number of females to qualify next year. Published December 3, 2015

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. (right) listens at right as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Pentagon, State began Islamic State strategy meetings only two months ago

It was not until two months ago -- as the war against the Islamic State was over a year old -- that the Pentagon and the State Department began regular high-level planning meetings to make big decisions on how to defeat the terror army in Iraq and Syria, the nation's top military officer told Congress on Tuesday. Published December 1, 2015

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said that two Iraqi brigades molded by American troops are ready to enter the crucial city of Ramadi at a "much higher level" than other such mobilized units. (Associated Press)

Pentagon: Ramadi assault imminent to retake key city

A month ago the two top U.S. military officials told senators that retaking the western Iraqi city of Ramadi had been elevated to one of three critical objectives leading to the ultimate defeat of the Islamic State's terrorist army. Now that major objective is days away. Published November 19, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Russiaís President Vladimir Putin, right, as they arrive for a group photo with other leaders for the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Obama is attending the G-20 Summit while on a nine-day foreign trip that also includes stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for other global security and economic summits. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama notable for what terror fight doesn't include

President Obama's year-old military strategy to defeat the Islamic State is noteworthy for what he will not do, as well as the steps he has taken for a projected drawn-out war lasting years. Published November 16, 2015

A New York City police officer adjusts parts of a make shift memorial left as a sign of support to France near the door of the French consulate in New York, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French officials say several dozen people were killed in shootings and explosions at a theater, restaurant and elsewhere in Paris on Friday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Attack on U.S. just a matter of time, security experts say

It is only a matter of time before a Paris-style coordinated terror attack comes to the streets of America, experts say, citing the fact the Islamic State is far more gruesomely efficient than even al Qaeda and is attracting hundreds of committed U.S. followers. Published November 14, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad is keeping his hold on power with the help of Russia, with various factions fighting to overthrow him. (Associated Press)

Moderate Democrats want decisive plan from Obama to beat Islamic State

Moderate Democrats are breaking with their party's left and with President Obama on the Iraq-Syria war strategy, basically pleading with the commander in chief to come up with a more decisive plan for defeating the Islamic State's terrorist army. Published November 11, 2015