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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on French airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq this morning: 'The French were our very 1st ally and they are there again for us' - @AP

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More: France's airstrike in Iraq this morning 'entirely destroyed' a logistics depot held by the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande's office says - @AP

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French jets launch 1st airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, French President Francois Hollande's office says - @Reuters, @FRANCE24

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Iraq crisis

Editor's note: Reports from French media say the country's military has conducted its first airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Iraq. We'll update when we get clear confirmation from officials from the international coalition against the Islamic State. - Aaron

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Iraqi officials: Suicide bombing, mortar fire kill 15 people in Baghdad - @AP

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A senior US Defense Department official says that 1 of 2 Islamic State targets hit overnight was a large ground unit which consisted of approximately 40 fighters - @NBCNews

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More: Hollande says France will not put troops on the ground, and that the French air strikes would only target forces in Iraq, not Syria - @AP

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French President Francois Hollande says France will provide support for air strikes in Iraq - @Reuters

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Belgian defense ministry expresses willingness to offer fighter jets and special forces to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq; any Belgian engagement would require the approval of parliament - @Reuters

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Australia counter-terrorism raids, Sept. 17, 2014

Editor's note: The pre-dawn Australian police raids in Sydney and Brisbane come days after the country raised its threat level to "high," citing the likelihood of terrorist attacks by Australian citizens radicalised in Iraq or Syria, Reuters reports. - Stephanie

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Secretary of State John Kerry: 'US troops who have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission' - @AliABCNews

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, calls the Obama administration's reliance on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) resolution as sufficient authorization to go after ISIS a 'thin theory' - @jaketapper

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White House says any forward-deployed US military advisers would not be 'personally or directly engaging the enemy' in Iraq - @Reuters

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Video: F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers launch off USS George H.W. Bush to conduct strikes, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq - US Navy on YouTube

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More: President Obama tells troops in Tampa, Fla., 'We cannot do for the Iraqis what they must do for themselves' - @TB_Times

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President Obama to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.: 'I will not commit you and the rest of our Armed Forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq' - @DavidNakamura

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Iraq's new PM Haider al-Abadi says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State - @AP

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey spokesman issues statement on Senate testimony; says general 'doesn't believe there is a military requirement for our advisers to accompany Iraqi forces into combat' - @politico

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Iraq's national security adviser has briefed Syrian President Assad on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Syrian state media reports, in 1st meeting since the US launched air strikes on the group in Iraq - @Reuters

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Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey says Washington Post reports that President Obama rejected military recommendation to send Special Ops to Iraq for missions against Islamic State militants are incorrect - @toddzwillich

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