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Iraqi civilians gather the morning after a string of car bombs tore through Baghdad last week.

ISIL Has Been Bombing Baghdad for Years

The U.S. threatens airstrikes in Baghdad if the militant group endangers personnel, but such attacks in and around the capital aren’t anything new.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the Islamic State "the face of evil."

2016 Republican Field Offers Obama Advice on Iraq

Contenders with no foreign policy experience go to the mic with suggestions for the president's handling of Middle East crises.

An MQ-1B Predator and an MQ-9 Reaper taxi to the end of a runway at Creech Air Force Base in preparation for takeoff, on June 13, 2014.

The U.S. Needs More Drones

The threat from terrorism is changing in ways that make intelligence collection all the more important. By Paul Scharre

Demonstrators chant support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Mosul in June.

Why ISIL Is Worse Than Any Other Terrorist Group

The Islamic State is an unholy combination of al-Qaeda, the Khmer Rouge, and the Nazis.

Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Iraq-Syria border at Feeshkhabour bridge over Tigris River Sunday.

The World Will Blame President Obama if Iraq Falls

The White House is under intense pressure to use American force to save the people trapped by terrorists on the mountaintop. And it understands why.

Obama addressed the press Saturday.

Obama: U.K. and France Will Join U.S. In Delivering Aid to Iraq

The president made a short statement and answered questions on Iraq Saturday morning.

Smoke rises after air strikes targeting ISIL militants near the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, on August 8, 2014.

U.S. Air Strikes Continue in Iraq

President Obama says the crisis in Iraq will ‘take some time’ to solve, as the military conducts nearly a dozen targeted military strikes against ISIL. By Stephanie Gaskell

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby announced the strikes in a tweet.

Why the Pentagon Announced the U.S. Airstrike in Iraq in a Tweet

These days, the Obama administration is trying to make its own national security announcements before everyone else does.

Sen. John McCain called on Obama to present a "strategic approach" for stopping ISIS.

Congress Divided Over Iraq Strikes

Some on the Hill support the move, others say Obama needs a more comprehensive strategy.