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  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Kobani

    5 days ago

    Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

    Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily...

  • Obama says Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, calling it a victory for those who uphold human dignity.

    "Today's announcement is a victory...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    2 weeks ago

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

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  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
  • Netanyahu’s full speech at the United Nations General Assembly

    3 weeks ago

    [Transcription]

    Thank you, Mr. President, 
    Distinguished delegates, 

    I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I've come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I've come here to expose the brazen...

  • Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

    September 24, 2014 | 10:29 am

    President Barack Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program.

    In his U.N. General Assembly speech last year, Obama spent a lot of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing it as...

  • White House intruder allegedly had 800 rounds of ammunition in car

    September 23, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday....

  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    September 22, 2014 | 9:46 am

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

  • Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present, witnesses say

    September 19, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said.

    Obama had just left aboard the Marine One...

  • Everything in moderation

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 19, 2014 | 4:49 pm

  • U.S. general says military cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

    September 16, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

    General Martin Dempsey,...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    September 11, 2014 | 5:40 pm

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

  • Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of Sept. 11 victims

    September 11, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

    In what has become...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    September 10, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    September 10, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    September 10, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    September 10, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    September 10, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

  • Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State

    September 7, 2014 | 11:01 am

    President Barack Obama will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States.

    Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to "describe what...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘take out’ Islamic State leaders

    September 5, 2014 | 10:43 am

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would hunt down Islamic State militants in Iraq and "take out" their leaders with the goal of dismantling the organization as it had done with al-Qaida and was doing in Somalia.

    In some of his toughest comments since...

  • Obama says hopeful but sceptical of Ukraine cease-fire

    September 5, 2014 | 9:39 am

    President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but sceptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds.

    He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales...

  • How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

    September 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    After months of rampaging through Iraq and stoking international fears that the Islamic State terrorist group could spread, a combination of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, aided by targeted United States airstrikes, appear to have pushed back the self-proclaimed caliphate’s...

  • Obama administration to brief members of Congress on Islamic State

    September 4, 2014 | 11:41 am

    President Barack Obama's administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials to provide an in-depth briefing on the Islamic State militant group to key members of Congress and staff, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

    The briefing from the Office of the Director of...

  • Israel lobbies U.S. as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

    September 3, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Israel is lobbying the United States against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technology, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for international diplomacy looms.

    Iran, the United States and five other world...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

    September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am

    The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

    He added destroying the militant group will take time because of...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • Hillary, Israel and the Jews

    August 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Last month, I read an opinion piece in a Jewish publication wrongfully accusing Hillary Clinton of being anti-Israel and not fighting for the issues that matter most to Jewish Americans. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought for...

  • Obama says has requested military options for Islamic State

    August 28, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has asked officials to prepare a range of U.S. military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed.

    At a news conference, Obama cautioned against speculation that he was on the...

  • What Ramy knew about the fall of Assad and the rise of the Islamic State

    By Rob Eshman

    August 27, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    After a few years of the cold shoulder, I finally heard from my Syrian friend, Ramy Mansour, and his message couldn’t have been more clear: “I told you so.”

    Ramy didn’t use exactly those words. But his Facebook message to me, after years of silence, essentially summarized what...

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