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  1. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  2. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, signed a power-sharing deal on Sept. 21, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal

    Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  3. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left, U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, center, and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, right, attend a NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

    NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a 'cease-fire in name only,' and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  4. Turkish soldiers stand as Syrian refugees amass at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Saturday. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The Associated Press

    Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants

    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  5. Relatives of freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months, react as they wait for welcome them at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, on Sautrday. Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped 46 Turks including diplomats, children and special forces from the Turkish consulate in Mosul and 3 Iraqis on June 11 as they captured swathes of northern Iraq. ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed in Iraq

    Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  6. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on September 20, 2014. NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. Russia has delivered today a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images) ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  7. A World Health Organization worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 18. Michael Duff / AP

    U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims

    The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    France strikes IS depot in Iraq

    Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Bas-relief inscriptions are displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. Online tools expected to ease absentee voting

    If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  11. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldier fires at Islamic State militants near Mosul. JM Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters

    A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference Friday in Sydney. Australia stepped up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for 'demonstration executions.' Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the Islamic State group, al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. Manuel Balce Ceneta/The Associated Press

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison / Army

    Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks with reporters on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., is at the rear. The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels is proving a tough sell with some Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Congress. Wariness of the plan crossed party lines in a House vote on Wednesday. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

    The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. Captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera on the first of what he says will be a series of lecture-like 'programs' in which he says he will reveal 'the truth' about the Islamic State group. The Arabic subtitle reads 'I am a prisoner and that is something I will not deny.' AP

    British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

    A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  21. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, acknowledges lawmakers' applause on Sept. 18 after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

    The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  22. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday/ Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  23. Police investigators work in a garage at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia, after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Sept. 18 Australian police detained 15 people earlier on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. Rick Rycroft / AP

    Australian police thwart IS beheading plot

    More than 800 Australian officers raided dozens of properties in the suburbs of Sydney on Thursday, in an operation to thwart an apparent Islamic State terror plot to carry out random attacks on the public, police said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  24. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Ahmed Saad / AP

    Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

    Iran's foreign minister ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  25. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi listens to a question during a Sept. 17 with The Associated Press in Baghdad. Iraq's new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Iraq premier nixes U.S. ground troops

    Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the '

    • Sep. 17, 2014

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