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US officials indicated that more work needs to be done on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and said Secretary of State Kerry denounced comments by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei calling for the destruction of Israel. US Central Command said it has carried out 23 airstrikes in Syria and 18 in Iraq against the Islamic State since Nov. 7.




Congress lays groundwork for stepped-up US presence in Iraq




Obstacles Limit Targets and Pace of Strikes on ISIS




Powerful Afghan Police Chief Puts Fear in Taliban and Their Enemies




US air strikes target Islamic State convoy in Iraq




Port Authority Officer Kept Sources With Ties to Iran Attacks




US-led airstrikes target Islamic State leaders in Iraq: report




Syrian official: negotiations with US blocked by Saudi Arabia




Central Command general to ISIS: We can hear you




President Obama authorized the sending of an additional 1,500 US troops to Iraq, raising the number of US troops in country to almost 3,000. American trainers will be deployed across Iraq. He also plans to ask Congress for $5 billion for military operations against the Islamic State. Taliban commander Irek Hamidullin, the first Afghan detainee brought to the US for trial, pled not guilty to terrorism charges and will remain in custody until his trial in April. The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation of veteran US diplomat and Pakistan expert Robin Raphael, who has been placed on administrative leave and had her security clearances withdrawn; no charges have been filed.




US urges Europe, Asia to do more for UN peacekeeping




Iraq's top cleric says graft in army helped Islamic State




Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites




The US military conducted airstrikes in Syria's Idlib province near the Turkish border against the so-called Khorasan group, an al Qaeda cell within the Al Nusrah Front that "was plotting to attack in Europe or the homeland." The five targets of the strikes included an Al Nusrah headquarters and an Ahrar al Sham compound. President Obama reportedly has written to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, noting shared interests in the fight against the Islamic State, and touching on the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.




Iranian general is said to mastermind Iraq ground war




Fawzi al Odah, 37, a Kuwaiti man held at Guantanamo for nearly 13 years on suspicion of links to al Qaeda leaders, was released to Kuwait. Following the Republican Party's taking control of the Senate as well as the House in yesterday's election, President Obama said he will work with Congress to develop a new authorization for the use of force in the fight against the Islamic State. He said that the US' focus in Syria is "not to solve the entire Syria situation, but rather to isolate the areas" in which the Islamic State can operate. ISAF commander Lieut. Gen. Joseph Anderson warned that the current casualty rate of the Afghan National Security Forces is unsustainable.




Al Qaeda Ally's Advance Imperils Moderate Syrian Rebels




Representatives of the US, Britain, and France have asked the United Nations to add Ansar al Sharia in Libya to the global terrorist sanctions list. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said no further troop reductions in Europe are on the horizon. Irek Hamidullin, a Taliban commander who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 after attacking US troops, appeared in federal court in Virginia to face terrorism charges.




Major US army division ends operations in Afghanistan 13 years after it arrived




British Intelligence Official Says US Tech Companies Offer Terrorists 'Networks of Choice'