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Islamic State exploits the chaos of civil war in Libya

February 16, 2015
The murder of Egyptian Christian hostages by the Islamic State in Libya raises the alarm that the militant group is expanding from its territory in Syria and Iraq. Gwen Ifill talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
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Congress Shows a Lack of Enthusiasm for Giving Obama War Powers to Fight ISIS

February 13, 2015
Peter Baker, Ashley Parker | The New York Times
Ever since President Obama ordered American warplanes to begin bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria last year, members of Congress have insisted on having a say in the matter. The president, they declared, could not, or at least should not, take the country back to war without the input of the nation’s elected representatives.
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2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

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October 11, 2002
As President Obama asks Congress for authority to fight the Islamic State, we look back at the 2002 authorization for military force in Iraq.
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Boston Marathon Trial Jury Selection, Potential Charges for Petraeus and Romney...Again?

January 9, 2015
1200 potential jurors summoned in Tsarnaev trial and Petraeus could face charges for sharing classified information.
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Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War

January 7, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria. But it’s not so sure who was on the receiving end of those bombs. Pentagon leaders agree to a person that the U.S. war against ISIS is succeeding. The problem is, no one can actually prove it.
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Tomas Young, Iraq War Veteran and Antiwar Activist, Dead at 34

November 12, 2014
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
Tomas Young, an Iraq War Army veteran who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet and became one of the first veterans to oppose the war, has died at age 34.
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The war over President Obama’s new war in Iraq

November 11, 2014
Michael Crowley | Politico
One Friday in late August, President Obama’s national security team met at the White House to discuss their response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. A few days earlier the group had posted horrific video of the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, and calls for a severe response were growing fast. The United States was already conducting limited air strikes in Iraq to try to halt the group’s alarming spread across the country, but Obama’s advisers now were recommending more controversial strikes across the border in Syria.
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U.S. military: Airstrikes against ISIS won't save key city of Kobani

October 10, 2014
Elise Labott, Holly Yan, Josh Levs | CNN
U.S. airstrikes "are not going to save" the key Syrian city of Kobani from being overtaken by ISIS, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.
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Former defense secretary lays out disagreements with President Obama

October 8, 2014
Gloria Borger | CNN
A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.
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