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The House votes to arm Syrian rebels as ISIS releases a new video warning President Obama. Erin Burnett has the latest.
September 17th, 2014
09:23 PM ET

Obama reiterates: No ground troops to combat ISIS

The United States House of Representatives has voted to arm Syrian rebels as U.S. fighter jets and drones launch new airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.

Despite the president's insistence that there will be no U.S boots on the ground in this war, he says there are things only America can do.

"When the world is threatened, when the world needs help, it calls on America," President Obama told troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. "Even the countries that complain about America, when they need help, who do they call? They call us."

Obama, Kerry: No U.S. troops will be sent into combat against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center, the terror group's new video threatening to blow up the White House and kill U.S. troops.

All of this as the administration continues to try to explain why the president and his top general are sending mixed messages about the future of this fight.

Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto has more OutFront.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Syria
September 16th, 2014
10:06 PM ET

British Ambassador: U.K. will take "whatever steps are necessary" to defeat ISIS

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey made a startling admission to Congress saying U.S. troops could join the ground war against ISIS.

"If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific (ISIS) targets, I will recommend that to the President," Dempsey said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Dempsey's admission forced the administration to do some major damage control because President Obama has insisted that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Dempsey was just responding to a hypothetical situation. The policy - no boots on the ground - remains.

"What he said was that if he felt that the strategy as it was being proposed and executed was failing that he would not hesitate to change his advice to the commander-in-chief," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

But who should put boots on the ground?

Britain has agreed to help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations to battle ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said "this is not about British troops on the ground."

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Peter Westmacott discusses his country's fight against ISIS and the pending Scottish independence vote.

Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Syria
September 12th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Stanley McChrystal: There's shared blame for ISIS war

Who is to blame for the threat of ISIS in Iraq?

Critics say the Obama administration could have tried harder to keep troops in Iraq, while others point to President George W. Bush's signing of the agreement committing to troop withdrawals. Is one side or the other more to blame?

McCain claims victory in policy fight with Carney

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Retired four star General Stanley McChrystal says "there's plenty of blame for everybody" for the threat of ISIS in Iraq.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
September 11th, 2014
11:24 PM ET

Kerry says U.S. not at war with ISIS: "I'm not sure what the definition of war would be then," Sen. Manchin says

The United States is hunting for ISIS targets in Syria.

The U.S. is now flying its first surveillance flights over Syria. There are nearly 500 more Americans troops en route to Iraq, bringing the president's total to 1700. And the U.S. has already conducted 154 strikes in Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's strategy includes "many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war."

"What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation," Kerry told CNN's Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "It's going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it's a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts."

OutFront, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, he's a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
September 10th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Obama will signal planned ISIS airstrikes in Syria

President Obama will lay out his strategy Wednesday night for attacking the terror group ISIS. The group that has beheaded two Americans. The group that has taken over towns and cities across Iraq and Syria.

Obama will signal planned ISIS airstrikes in Syria, detail coalition

The U.S. has already launched 154 strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, and there are already more than 1,043 U.S. troops in Iraq.

What are the U.S. military options against ISIS?

OutFront, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark along with Dan Senor, President Bush's point man in Iraq at the beginning of the 2003 invasion.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Syria
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