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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force…

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
White House press secretary Josh Earnest arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House asks allies to step up in IS campaign

WASHINGTON — The White House urged allies on Monday to do more…

White House press secretary Josh Earnest arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)

IS bomb on Russia plane would herald new phase in conflict

BEIRUT — At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports…

The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)
Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)

Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say

LONDON — British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting…

Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)
Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Defense secretary says US is retooling fight against IS

WASHINGTON — Signaling a possible escalation of U.S. military action in the…

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Syria’s Assad said to favor vote, but only after victory

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad is willing to run in an…

This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Protesters march to protest Saturday's explosions in Diyarbakir,  Turkey, Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

Islamic State could gain from Turkish peace rally bombing

ANKARA, Turkey — Thousands mourned the 95 victims of Turkey's deadliest attack…

Protesters march to protest Saturday's explosions in Diyarbakir,  Turkey, Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)
In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia defends its military action in Syria

MOSCOW — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes…

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)
In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)

Analysis: Russia gambles in Syria, ramping up involvement

BEIRUT — In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war,…

In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)