Official: Strikes were success but fight will take ‘years’

President Obama stressed that “this is not America’s fight alone” and vowed to press the battle against “these terrorists” in concert with U.S. allies.”

In rare move, U.S. gave Syria advance notice on mission

But there was no strategic coordination with the Syrian government, a State Department spokeswoman said.

U.S. strikes targeted group finalizing attack on the West

In addition to a campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S. also hit a little-known but well-resourced al-Qaeda cell.

Local News

The White House fence hasn’t changed since Lyndon B. Johnson was in office

The White House fence hasn’t changed since Lyndon B. Johnson was in office

As security features proliferate around the mansion, its 7-foot, 6-inch barrier from ’65 is the same.

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Dodger Clayton Kershaw is the favorite, but Rendon has been the best player on the NL’s best team.

D.C. Council could force schools to drop ‘Indians’ or ‘Warriors’ mascots

D.C. Council could force schools to drop ‘Indians’ or ‘Warriors’ mascots

A new measure, which is tied to last year’s anti-Redskins resolution, could impact at least six schools.

PARIS, FRANCE - Anna Coleman Ladd, in her studio holding her painting palette, standing behind a French soldier who has been fitted with one of her masks. The World War I veteran 's chin and forehead are his own but the face is a prosthetic mask. Ladd, American artist/sculptor, founded the American Red Cross 'Studio for Portrait-Masks' to provide cosmetic masks to be worn by men who had been badly disfigured in World War I. (Library of Congress photograph)

Ladd with a French soldier in Paris. (Library of Congress)

When soldiers’ faces were mutilated in WWI, she made them new ones

Sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd created exquisite metal masks to conceal men’s gruesome war injuries.

Joshua Bell will play the Metro again. This time it’s not a secret experiment.

Joshua Bell will play the Metro again. This time it’s not a secret experiment.

If you missed the violinist’s 2007 performance amid the rush-hour commute, you get another shot.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.<br>

The bill poised for passage will replace the city’s ban on guns that a federal judge struck down in July.

The jobs used to be washing dishes. Now many have become the boss.

The jobs used to be washing dishes. Now many have become the boss.

Over 40 years, the region’s largest immigrant community — 300,000 Salvadorans — has evolved.

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Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million
by end of January, CDC reports

Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million <br> by end of January, CDC reports

Data suggest the total number of cases is hugely underreported and new cases double every 20 days.

Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

The abduction of the three students was part of a series of events that led to the 50-day war in Gaza.

How Hope Solo went from soccer star
to center of an assault controversy

How Hope Solo went from soccer star<br>to center of an assault controversy

The 33-year-old athlete faces up to six months in jail if convicted of two counts of domestic violence assault.

Americans throw out more food
than plastic, paper, metal or glass

Americans throw out more food <br> than plastic, paper, metal or glass

WONKBLOG | Food waste is one of the most egregious contributors to our collective carbon footprint.

Local Columnists

The Secret Service messes up
and we pay the price? No way.

The Secret Service messes up <br>and we pay the price? No way.

COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most folks do? Lock. The. Doors.

Sports

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

Why Anthony Rendon could be this season’s MVP of the National League

NATIONALS JOURNAL | Dodger Clayton Kershaw is the favorite, but Rendon has been the best player on the NL’s best team.

Real Estate

The importance of a well-designed street

The importance of a well-designed street

Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.

Federal Government

Fine Print: The significance of Obama’s words

Fine Print: The significance of Obama’s words

FINE PRINT | In the fight against the Islamic State, slogans are not as key as strategy.

National

The last hand: The epic bust of Atlantic City’s gambling economy

The last hand: The epic bust of Atlantic City’s gambling economy

Inside the fall of a once-glittering casino and a troubled seaside gambling paradise.

Arts

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

Deborah Rutter, three weeks into the job, meets a flurry of new faces in a big kickoff weekend.

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