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Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

September 19, 2014 10:00 PM
The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon. More

Video US May Soon Launch Airstrikes on Militants in Syria

Analysts say it could be difficult, however, to develop a military strategy that will not help the besieged Assad government in Damascus

US Won't Impede Venezuela's UN Security Council Bid

Washington is clearly unhappy, however, with idea of country joining the Council, which has the task of overseeing international peace and security

Video US May Soon Launch Airstrikes on Militants in Syria

The United States has conducted more than 175 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and may soon launch attacks on the group’s stronghold in Syria. But analysts say it could be difficult to develop a military strategy that will not help the besieged government in Damascus. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

Exxon Winds Down Drilling as US Sanctions Hit Russia

Washington extended sanctions on Russia last week over its aggression in Ukraine

Bin Laden Ally Admits Role in US African Embassy Bombings

Adel Abdel Bary is father of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, suspected executioner of journalist James Foley

Renewed International Efforts Could Prevent Premature Adult Deaths

Sustained initiative could be slashed by 40 percent within next 20 years, according to new study that concludes most of the deaths of those aged 50 to 69 are preventable

World Leaders Set to Meet on Climate at UN Summit

Helping countries prepare themselves financially for a changing climate likely to prove a key topic

Obama Backs National Campaign Against Sexual Assault

An estimated 1 in 5 college women in US are sexual assault victims

Republicans Hope for Gains in Midterms Elections

Republicans have a multitude of options as they close in on their goal of winning control of US Senate

Analyst: Islamic State Propaganda Seeks to Draw West to Battle

Some regional experts say IS ultimately wants to engage the West on the battlefield and that the West is doing exactly what it appears that ISIS wants

Iran, World Powers Resume Nuclear Talks

Although Iran says it is committed to reaching a nuclear deal, analysts say chances for a breakthrough are slim

Apple Faithful Line Up for Latest, Larger iPhones

Even the night before phones' Friday debut, nearly 70 people were waiting in line in front of the Apple store in downtown San Francisco

Egyptian Pleads Guilty Ahead of US Embassy Bombings Trial

Adel Abdul Bary said he would plead guilty to conspiracy to make a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans

Video Islamic State, Ebola to Top UNGA Agenda

US ambassador Samantha Power says annual meeting illustrates 'founding purpose' of United Nations, which aims to bring leaders together to address global challenges

Video World Leaders to Tackle ISIL, Ebola at UN Meetings

Against the grim backdrop of global terrorism and a deadly health crisis, world leaders will convene in New York this week for their annual gathering at the United Nations General Assembly. As VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports, the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State and efforts to control the spread of the Ebola virus are expected to dominate discussions.

Video Alibaba Share Price Soars on First Day of Trading

Alibaba is China's leading e-commerce company and operates the world's largest online marketplaces for both international and domestic trade

Iran, World Powers Meet in New York for Nuclear Talks

A senior US official said that if progress is made, the talks could continue on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

Video Ukraine’s President Presses for More US Military Aid

Ukraine’s president is urging the United States to stand with his country as it fights what he says is a war for a free world. Petro Poroshenko used his visit to Washington Thursday to appeal for more military support as Ukrainian troops battle Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east. VOA’s Aru Pande has more from the White House.

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US Border Patrol's search and rescue unit launches 'blue blinking light of life program' - a series of poles strategically placed throughout desert that emit high-intensity blue light

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