Obama Urges Americans Not to Give in to Fear

VOA News Following the recent attack in California, President Barack Obama has called on Americans not to give in to fear, while trying to assure the public that he and his administration take the threat of terrorism seriously. In a rare speech
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Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

Following are foreign policy excerpts from President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. The full transcript of the speech is available on the White House website. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned (more...)

Degrading and Defeating ISIL

This commentary by General John Allen, U.S. special envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIL, was published in the December 29 online version of DefenseNews. There are no republication restrictions. by General John Allen In early June of this year, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (more...)

Airstrikes Continue in Syria

Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Aircraft from the George H.W. Bush are supporting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. U.S. aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria on October 15, (more...)

U.S., Russia Seek Common Ground

Acknowledging that “United States and Russia have had our differences,” Secretary of State John Kerry, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris October 14, said the diplomats focused “on those issues where we can find the capacity to be able to make a (more...)

Kerry: ISIL a Threat to Russia, Too

By Scott Stearns VOA News This article originally was posted to the Voice of America website on September 11. Jeddah, Saudia Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration are disappointed by Russia’s initial reaction to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and (more...)

Kerry on Murder of Steven Sotloff by ISIL Terrorist Group

Yesterday, the world bore witness again to the unfathomable brutality of ISIL terrorist murderers when we saw Steven Sotloff, an American journalist who left home in Florida to tell the story of brave people in the Middle East, taken from us in an act of medieval savagery (more...)

President Obama on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL

The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage (more...)

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 20. Washington — U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, (more...)

President Obama on Situation in Iraq

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. June 13, 2014 Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation there, and this morning I received an update from my team. Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a (more...)

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