With Israel at War, US Lawmakers Give Full Support

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Associated Press | Jul 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to stop violence that has killed more than 1,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 40 Israe... more

US Evacuates Embassy in Libya with F-16 Support

US and Libyan flags | Jul 27, 2014

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 U.S. State Department staff members including the Marine guards were evacuated safely Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Libya by convoy to Tunisia as Air Force F-16 fighters flew cover overhead. Embassy personnel reportedly destroyed classified documents or carried them away before joining the column of vehicles on t... more

Hamas Tunnel Threat At Center of War With Israel

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers enter a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat ... more

Panel: US Missed Chances to Head Off Islamic State

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Stars and Stripes | Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration missed key opportunities over the past six months to beat back the Islamic State assault on Iraq with targeted drone strikes, lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., committee chairman, said he and others in the State Department urged U.S. strikes on the al-... more

Senator: No Arms to Iraq Unless Congress Gets Info

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., left, gestures during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON - A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces. Sen. Bob Menendez is the Foreign Relations Committee chairman. Menendez says he doesn't want more U.S. weapons abandoned by Iraqi forces fleeing insurgents. Menendez expressed frustration at a hearing Thursday. He says C... more

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