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President Obama said the US does not yet have a strategy for defeating the Islamic State, but said the US focus for now is on protecting American personnel in Iraq. Sources said James Foley and at least three other captives were waterboarded and tortured by the Islamic State in Syria. Ahmad Ibrahim Al Ahmad, a Syrian who supplied IEDs for use against US troops in Iraq between 2005 and 2010, appeared in a Phoenix, Ariz., federal court on terrorism charges.




US air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles




Islamic State: Arab leaders reluctant to heed US call for 'allies against Isis'




US National Security Council aware of reports that second American killed in Syria




In wake of James Foley's murder, does Britain have a jihadi problem?




Mother of American reporter held hostage in Syria begs for his life




New ISIS Twitter campaign spurs hashtag war




US considering new relief mission in Iraq




US seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet




US Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS




The US has begun flying surveillance missions over Syria to gather intelligence on the Islamic State. The US denied a report that it is sharing intelligence with the Assad regime. Defense Secretary Hagel said that in addition to the US, seven other Western countries are providing weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State. The IS is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million for the release of a 26-year-old female American aid worker who was kidnapped last year in Aleppo; the terror group is also insisting on the release of US prisoners including Aafia Siddiqui, who has been dubbed "Lady al Qaeda" and is currently serving an 86-year term for attempting to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan. US citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego, Cal., was killed while fighting for the IS in Syria.




Obama says rooting out Islamic State will not be easy




Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as US wavers




ISIS an 'Incredible' Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say




US and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other




Qatar seeks to free more US hostages in Syria: source




Officials said the US is getting ready to launch intelligence and surveillance flights, including drones, over Syria, and that airstrike options are also being considered. In response to Syria's offer welcoming US airstrikes on the Islamic State so long as they are coordinated with Syria, US officials indicated that they do not plan to collaborate with or even inform Syria of any such action. US officials said they were surprised at reports that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carried out recent airstrikes against Islamist targets in Libya.




Report: Gunman in 2011 'green-on-blue' attack did not commit suicide




US Says It Told Qatar Not to Pay a Ransom for Kidnapped Journalist




US prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State