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The Pentagon said yesterday that the US has carried out about 160 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq over the last month, and that it is preparing to "to be more aggressive going forward" in the US counterterrorism campaign. The Pentagon also plans to oversee training of some 5,000 Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. US officials are concerned about possible collaboration between AQAP, al Qaeda operatives in Syria, and Western jihadists who may be jointly planning attacks against the West.

White House: Iraq war vote Obama opposed could be used for ISIS strikes

Report: France aided Somalia al Shabaab leader assassination

Struggling to Starve ISIS of Oil Revenue, US Seeks Assistance From Turkey

Lawmaker Assails Foreign Donations to Think Tanks

Iraq PM says will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic State

Nations Trying to Stop Their Citizens From Going to Middle East to Fight for ISIS

For Assad, US offensive will weaken one foe but bolster others

US opposes Iran role in coalition against Islamic State

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

Moderate Muslims' quandary about Islamic State

Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

Opponents say Obama will need ground troops against Islamic State

Beating Islamic State will be much harder than Iraq or Afghan wars, officials say

US Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map

The local forces dilemma for Obama in Syria and Iraq

Russia fears the eastward spread of 'jihadist cancer'

The CIA now estimates that the Islamic State has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in Syria and Iraq. Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Syria and Iraq, said the US currently has no clue who the non-Islamic State opposition is in Syria. Retired Gen. John R. Allen has been chosen to coordinate the military effort against the Islamic State. US combat aircraft will soon start flying from a base in Irbil in Iraq. Ten Arab states -- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq -- agreed to support the US-led coalition against the Islamic State "as appropriate." The US sent 20 troops to the Central African Republic as a prelude to reopening the embassy, which has been closed since late 2012.

Arab Nations Vow Help to Fight ISIS 'as Appropriate'

Syrian National Coalition backs US intervention against ISIS