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Josh Earnest
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

U.S. officials have publicly warned of the risks of Libya becoming the next Syria, where the Islamic State flourished amid civil war and spread into Iraq.

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Mitch McConnell
In this Dec. 18, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Senate leader says no ‘fearmongering’ on Syrian refugee bill

The debate over tough new screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees should be driven by facts, not fearmongering, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ahead of a key vote that had at least one Republican presidential candidate changing his campaign schedule.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (C) heads to the Senate chamber to vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act at the U.S. Capitol November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the act 91-3. Congress will now send the $607 billion defense spending bill back to President Barack Obama after he vetoed an earlier version. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (C) heads to the Senate chamber on November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Senator says the US is losing the messaging campaign in Iraq

In Iraq, the United States is pounding the Islamic State with air strikes but losing the airwaves.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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US orders more troops to Iraq, but no overhaul of strategy

President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center left, is welcomed by Kurdish official Masoud Barzani, center right, at the Irbil Airport, north of Baghdad Monday. (AP Photo)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center left, is welcomed by Kurdish official Masoud Barzani, center right, at the Irbil Airport, north of Baghdad Monday. (AP Photo)
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ISIS releases 216 Yazidi prisoners in Iraq, officials report

BAGHDAD (AP) -- ISIS released more than 200 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them for eight months, an Iraqi Kurdish security official said, the latest mass release of captives by the extremists.

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A 2005 photo shows the temple to the Shamash sun god north of Baghdad, Iraq.  (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)
A 2005 photo shows the temple to the Shamash sun god north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)
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ISIS destroys another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents.

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An Iraqi policeman inspects the motorbike of pizza delivery man Hassan Khudair at a check point, in Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 29.  (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
An Iraqi policeman inspects the motorbike of pizza delivery man Hassan Khudair at a check point, in Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 29. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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It’s not easy delivering pizza in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Learn how to drive!" a driver bellowed from his car. But Hassan Khudier just weaved through the bumper-to-bumper traffic on his motorbike. Angry drivers are among the lesser worries when you're a delivery guy in Baghdad.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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US military chief raises spector of more US troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

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ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces.  (AP Photo)
ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. (AP Photo)
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ISIS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

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Iraqui Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi with President Francois Hollande in Bagdad Sept. 12.  (Foto AP/Alain Jocard, Pool)
Iraqui Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi with President Francois Hollande in Bagdad Sept. 12. (Foto AP/Alain Jocard, Pool)
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Iraqi PM: Plot to attack subways in New York and Paris

NEW YORK (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that captive Islamic State militants told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris.

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