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Tom Bowman

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White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Friday, October 17, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, control about 80 percent of Iraq's Anbar Province. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says ISIS could eventually shell Baghdad Airport.

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Judging Effectiveness Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains Challenging

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy against ISIS is fraying, according to U.S. officials. The bombing strikes are too small and dispersed, leading to a charge that they are "Shock and Yawn," a play on the "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign of the Iraq War.

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Judging Effectivenes Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains A Challenge

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

There have been about 400 airstrikes so far in Iraq and Syria. We take a look at the impact in both countries, whether the Islamic State fighters have been slowed, and the way ahead.

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With New Security Agreement, U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Continues

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Despite President Obama's assertion that the combat mission in Afghanistan would be over by the end of 2014, the new agreement means that 10,000 U.S. troops will still be in harm's way.

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Second Round Of Air Strikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The U.S. launched another round of airstrikes inside Syria on Wednesday, again targeting the group known as the Islamic State.

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Syria Air Strikes Targeted Command Sites, Training Facilities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The U.S., along with several Arab states, launched air strikes inside Syria overnight. The strikes targeted the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Islamic State Targets Hit In Syria, Pentagon Says

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The U.S. and its allies expanded the assault against the Islamic State. The Pentagon says targets inside Syria were hit for the first time. The attacks are focused on ISIS assets around Raqqa.

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What Does 'Boots On The Ground' Really Mean?

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Obama administration says that American advisers sent to Iraq will not have a combat mission. But military experts say it's almost impossible to draw a line between combat and non-combat roles.

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Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday.

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Details Emerge About U.S. Plans To Fight ISIS In Iraq

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The U.S. has secured commitments from some Arab nations and allies to cooperate in the battle against the militant group known as the Islamic State.

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Far From The Battlefield, U.S. Troops Will Assist Iraqi Forces

Friday, September 12, 2014

President Obama will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to train, assist and advise Iraqi forces on the fight against militants in the Islamic State. But they will not be involved in combat.

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Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.

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With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.

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With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.

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U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Obama administration's admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.

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U.S. Response In Iraq: From Emergency Solution To Slate Of Paths Forward

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The U.S. has begun sending humanitarian aid and conducting limited airstrikes in the attempt to protect Iraq's refugee populations. Going forward, the U.S. is facing several possible approaches there.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Iraqi Militants, With Narrow Aims

Friday, August 08, 2014

U.S. jet fighters have commenced airstrikes against the Islamist militant group known as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, American cargo planes have also begun humanitarian airdrops to support a minority religious community now surrounded by the group in the mountains of northern Iraq.

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Obama Authorizes Targeted Strikes In Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian supplies to thousands of Iraqis trapped on a mountain by militants from the Islamic State. President Obama authorized airstrikes if they become necessary.

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U.S. Considers Taking To Air To Aid Iraqis Marooned On Mountaintop

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The White House is considering several military options to address an emergency humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. The administration may approve either air strikes or airdrops of food and medicine to help tens of thousands of refugees stranded on a mountaintop.

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