Fine Print: Islamic State’s message machine

Group with medieval, barbaric tactics has a sophisticated media strategy.

    Why ‘6 Reasons I’m Happier Because I Went to War’ went viral

    Why ‘6 Reasons I’m Happier Because I Went to War’ went viral

    ‘I’m not immune to all the negative fallout of being a Marine during wartime,” wrote a Marine veteran, “but many lessons I learned as a Marine make me a happier person.’

    This graphic shows the rapid climb of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

    The pace of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased rapidly, especially since President Obama called for the first ones in Syria on Sept. 23.

    Cost of U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State closing in on $1 billion

    Cost of U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State closing in on $1 billion

    The United States has likely spent between $780 million and $930 million in its campaign against the Islamic State so far, according to an independent assessment released Monday.

    U.S. misjudged rise of Islamic State, Obama says

    U.S. misjudged rise of Islamic State, Obama says

    In a “60 Minutes” interview, the president also acknowledged that the U.S. overestimated Iraq’s ability to fight the militant group, which on Sunday pounded a strategic Syrian town with artillery shells.

    Obama official defends Secret Service

    Obama official defends Secret Service

    Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken called the agency’s mission an incredible burden.

    The dark side of an oil boom
    ravages a North Dakota community

    The dark side of an oil boom <br>ravages a North Dakota community

    The arrival of highly paid oil workers living in sprawling “man camps” has led to a crime wave.

    Obama’s leap from no strategy to full battle plan

    Obama’s leap from no strategy to full battle plan

    For a president sometimes criticized for a reluctance to act, the speed of his latest decision to launch a massive air assault against the Islamic State was stunning.

    NSA Secrets

    FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Revelations and reaction

    The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

    U.S. orders some of its diplomats out of Yemen

    U.S. orders some of its diplomats out of Yemen

    With rebels in control of the capital, the State Department urged Americans to leave.

    U.S. has identified killer of American journalists

    U.S. has identified killer of American journalists

    FBI director would not name the Islamic State suspect who beheaded Americans and a British aid worker.

    Iran’s Rouhani appeals for global unity against extremists

    Iran’s Rouhani appeals for global unity against extremists

    The Iranian president also hints at increased aid against terrorism if a nuclear accord is reached.

    Aerial views: Syrian oil refineries explode after U.S.-led airstrike

    Aerial views: Syrian oil refineries explode after U.S.-led airstrike

    The targets were smaller refineries used to provide fuel for the Islamic State and finance their operations, Pentagon officials said