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Obama seeks to sell the public on a war he never imagined he would pursue

The president takes a low-key approach to talking about the new front in Syria


Airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State bring together Persian Gulf nations at odds

(Mc3 Brian Stephens / Ap)

The threat from the Islamic State has led Arab countries to put aside differences and join the U.S. effort.

First they faced Assad and the Islamic State. Now Syrian civilians cope with U.S. bombs

Activists and Syria observers fear a rise in civilian deaths as the U.S. launches airstrikes against the Islamic State.


Obama gets boost for coalition-building efforts

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes in Syria has shifted the tenor of his three-day diplomatic mission at the United Nations, allowing him to use the unexpected cooperation to mobilize reluctant other nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants.


Main developments in fight against extremist group

(U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens / Associated Press)

Here is a look at the main developments Tuesday in the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against militants from the Islamic State group.


Soft data, Syria strikes hit US, European markets

(Mark Lennihan, File / Associated Press)

Weak economic news and airstrikes against militants in Syria sent global stock markets lower.


Explaining the airstrikes in Syria: Desk to Desk

As the war against the Islamic State expands with airstrikes in Syria, here's what senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, national security reporter Greg Miller, White House correspondent Katie Zezima and foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor have to say about what it all means.

Why U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be bad for the environment

War sidelines U.N. Climate Summit.

Quiz: Do you know your world leaders?

Here are eight statements made by leaders of U.N.-member countries. Can you match the statement to the leader?