The Senate joined the House on Thursday in rare bipartisanship by approving a measure to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.
Iran's foreign minister says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to combating extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.
On Capitol Hill, the reaction was split, and not just along party lines. Both of Alaska’s senators were critical of the president’s plan.
Alaska senators question president's Islamic State plan.
On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gathered on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq for talks on the crisis with the newly installed government in Baghdad.
The bottom line is that it is unlikely that President Obama will ask Congress for authorization to conduct military strikes against the Islamic State.
Citing a broad threat posed by the Islamic State, President Obama said Sunday that he'll deliver a national address Wednesday to discuss the U.S. approach to fighting the group that has beheaded two American journalists this summer.
Responding to fellow Democrats' concerns in a tight election season, President Obama will delay acting on his own on immigration issues until after November's midterm vote, the White House says.
The Islamic State released a video Tuesday that showed a militant beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff. Overnight, the U.S. intelligence community came to the conclusion that the video was, indeed, authentic.