September 16, 2014

Discussing Arming Syria Rebels

The U.S. House could vote as early as Wednesday on whether to authorize arming and training moderate Syrian rebels in a mission to destroy the Islamic State militant group.


French President Francois Hollande (R), and Iraq President Fouad Massoum at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.
(David Silpa/UPI/Landov)
September 15, 2014

Leaders Meet In Paris To Forge Fight Against Islamic State Militants

World leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have gathered in Paris to discuss strategies for defeating the Islamic State insurgency, with France's president urging that there's "no time to lose" and Iraq's new president insisting that extremists must be pursued to their sanctuaries in neighboring Syria.


A flag of the Islamic State is seen on the other side of a barge in Iraq.
(JM Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
September 12, 2014

ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What’s In A Name?

The Obama administration favors the term ISIL. Many Western news outlets have switched to calling the group "the Islamic State." And in general, ISIS might be the most ubiquitous acronym.  All three terms refer to the terrorist group that rose to prominence this summer.


Backers of Prof. Salaita at the U of I Trustees meeting.
(Hannah Meisel)
September 11, 2014

Trustees Reject Salaita Hire On 8-1 Vote

The University of Illinois board of trustees voted Thursday not to hire Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer was withdrawn after he posted controversial, anti-Israel comments on Twitter.


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A woman grieves at her husband's memorial at the South Tower Memorial Pool on the 13th anniversary of September 11.
(AP Photo/The New York Times, Chang W. Lee, Pool)
September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembered, Amid New Anti-Terror Fight

The shadow of a renewed terror threat has been hanging over today's observances of the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.


September 10, 2014

President Sending More Troops To Combat Islamic State

President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities.


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