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Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

Nick O'Malley In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not...

Libyan armed faction takes over US Embassy annex in Tripoli

A view of an annex of the US embassy in Tripoli.

Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the US Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month,...

US launches new air strikes on Islamic State rebels

The wreckage of a Humvee used by the Islamic State militants.

The US military has launched new strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq near the Mosul Dam and the town of Amerli.

US colleges will screen some students for Ebola to calm nerves of parents

A girls suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus has her temperature checked at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Abby Ohlheiser For many US college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.

Released US hostage Peter Theo Curtis says he is overwhelmed by welcome home

Peter Theo Curtis

Susan Heavey An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on...

US campaigns to enlist Australia and other allies to attack Islamic State in Syria

Barack Obama

WASHINGTON: The United States has begun to mobilise a broad coalition of allies, including Australia, behind potential US military action in Syria and is moving towards expanded air strikes in...

US has no strategy yet for defeating Islamic State: Obama

US President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet to launch a broader attack against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

US to track Islamic State in Syria with planes

The unmanned Global Hawk drone can stay airborne for 30 hours.

The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

US woman held hostage in Syria, US citizen killed

An image from a propaganda video released earlier this year by Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL.

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said on Tuesday.

Peter Theo Curtis rescue - how Qatar played now-familiar role in securing US hostage's release

Peter Theo Curtis during his captivity.

Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung Last month, an American media executive arrived in Doha with a retired FBI agent known for his extensive contacts within the government of Qatar.

US openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

United States UN Representative Samantha Power speaks at a United Nations Security Council  meeting about the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland The United States on Thursday openly accused Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified...

'Lady al-Qaeda': The US-educated PhD the Islamic State desperately wants to free

Aafia Siddiqui: A terrorist mastermind or a victim of an over-aggressive war on terror?

Terrence McCoy Once called 'the most wanted woman in the world', IS would have traded James Foley, Bowe Bergdahl and more for her. So who is Aafia Siddiqui?

Syria warns against US strikes against Islamic State on its soil

Likely candidate: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad keen to carry on despite the civil war and his 14 years in office.

Liz Sly Syria has warned the Obama administration not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria, as the militants celebrated another key victory over government forces in the north of the...

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: US officials

An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya coalition flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport after capturing it from the Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, following days of clashes.

Peter Cooney Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, US officials said on Monday.

James Foley death: Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say US officials

US Barack Obama: unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement.

Missy Ryan Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the...

Iran bails US journalist, as officials press for Jason Rezaian's release

Power struggle: Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

Anne Gearan A photojournalist arrested in Iran alongside Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife was released on bail on Wednesday, a family source said.

US commandos tried to rescue James Foley and other hostages

Killed: James Foley.

Michael Shear A US Special Operations team tried and failed to rescue James Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria during a secret mission earlier this year.

In Ferguson, US Attorney-General Eric Holder shares painful memories of racism

US Attorney-General Eric Holder with Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

David Nakamura United States Attorney-General Eric Holder arrived in the St Louis area to tour a community roiled by the police shooting of an unarmed African-American teen - nine months after he had visited the...

Manhunt for British jihadist who beheaded US journalist

James Foley's killer

Chris Zappone The race is on to identify the jihadist militant with the British accent who spoke in the gruesome beheading video of US journalist James Foley.

Ebola patient Dr Kent Brantly to be released from US hospital

Dr Kent Brantly in Monrovia, Liberia.

American missionary doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia has recovered and will be released from hospital.