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US officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.

Israeli premier: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Israel's prime minister says he will press forward with a military operation in the Gaza Strip until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory is halted.

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

US strikes in Iraq aimed at helping reclaim dam

| |Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people.

Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid.