Nedra Pickler

  • U.S. soldiers, left, participate in a training mission with Iraqi army soldiers outside Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
    U.S. to send up to 450 more troops to train Iraqis

    The White House says the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. It's a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help.

  • US President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Obama: U.S. lacks 'complete strategy' for training Iraqis

    Acknowledging military setbacks, President Obama said Monday the United States still lacks a "complete strategy" for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. He urged Iraq's government to allow more of the nation's Sunnis to join the campaign against the violent militants.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and U.S. President Barack Obama, cleft, speak to the crowd before a walk through the village of Kruen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015, prior to the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. (Daniel Karmann/Pool Photo via AP)
    Obama aims to mend U.S.-German relations on Bavarian trip

    Feasting on Bavarian beer and sausages, President Obama on Sunday celebrated decades of U.S. friendship with Germany despite recent challenges and said the country "is proof that conflicts can end and great progress is possible."

  • U.S. to send Ukraine drones, more aid, but no lethal weapons

    The United States announced Wednesday that it is sending small unarmed drones, armored Humvees and other assistance to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Lethal weapons were not included, to the dismay of some U.S. lawmakers.

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the Islamic State group, Wednesday, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. White House officials say President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on many elements of his request for war powers against the Islamic State group, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    Obama open to changes to AUMF against IS

    President Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops, according to the White House.