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  1. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations Friday in Syria. The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / AP

    Iraq and Syria airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to cur

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. Poland's new prime minister Ewa Kopacz delivers her inaugural speech Wednesday in the parliament in Warsaw, Poland. Kopacz took over the post from Donald Tusk, who will head the European Council starting Dec. 1. Czarek Sokolowski / AP

    New Polish premier wants more U.S. military presence

    Poland's new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  3. A suicide bomber's foot is seen Wednesday at the site of a blast in Kabul. Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in the Afghan capital with initial reports of six people killed in the twin attack, police said, one day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for U.S. troops to stay in the country. The Taliban, who strongly opposed the U.S. agreement, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Shah Marai / AFP via Getty Images

    Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21

    Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  4. New North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway poses as he arrives for his first day of work Wednesday at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Stoltenberg, former Norwegian prime minister, began his first day in the job, with the alliance facing challenges from the standoff with Russia over Ukraine, and turmoil in the Middle East. Thierry Charlier / AFP via Getty Images

    New NATO chief: Better ties with Russia possible

    NATO's new secretary-general on Wednesday struck a more conciliatory tone on Russia, saying there is now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  5. Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion Tuesday in the town of Ashar, in the Basra region. The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group. Nabil al-Jouran / AP

    U.N.: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September

    The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  6. Australia sends 2 unarmed support planes over Iraq

    Australia was sending two unarmed air force planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but would not yet launch its own airstrikes, the prime minister said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  7. Fugitive Afghan officers fear death at home

    The three Afghanistan National Army officers who disappeared during a training exercise on Cape Cod before being caught trying to cross into Canada in Niagara Falls, New York, fear they will be killed if sent home.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  8. The Army's 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of the 1,400 troops expected to head to Liberia in October. Fort Campbell

    U.S. troops head to Africa for Ebola mission

    About 1,400 soldiers will head to Liberia in October to help support the fight against the Ebola virus that is spreading across West Africa, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  9. A British RAF tornado fighter jets prepares to land on an airstrip at RAF Akrotiri, Limassol, Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27. The British House of Commons voted by 524 to 43 on Friday to approve combat missions in Iraq in order to halt the advance of Isis militants. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images

    Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

    Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy fighting that ground down to vicious house-to-house combat and close quarters sniping.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  10. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and U.S. ambassador James Cunningham hold their documents after signing a deal to allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan. Shah Marai / AFP/Getty Images

    Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  11. The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close th

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  12. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the Council on Foreign Relations that the U.S. would come to the aid of its allies in Asia if attacked or threatened. Hayat Norimine

    Top DoD official: U.S. will 'respond' if Japan-China dispute escalates

    The U.S. will respond with military force if allies in the Pacific region are threatened, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Tuesday in response to questions about Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  13. A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft on Sept. 26 over an undisclosed location before strike operations in Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / Air Force

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  14. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  15. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  16. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  17. U.S. Navy medical personnel displays an enteral feeding tube used for force-feeding detainees during a tour of the detainee hospital at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Administration seeks to close Gitmo hearing

    The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  18. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends the debate about planned weapon aid for Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the parliament Bundestag on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany unable to meet NATO readiness target

    Germany's military is unable to meet its medium-term readiness target should NATO call on its members to mobilize against an attack, officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  20. Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

    On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  21. U.S. envoy says no talks with North Korea in sight

    Washington believes that North Korea is increasingly unwilling to live up to its nuclear disarmament commitments, and is using three detained Americans as pawns, a senior U.S. envoy said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  22. In Pakistan, bomb kills 8 as U.S. drone kills 4

    A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  23. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  24. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  25. Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014

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