AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.
Wary House set to approve arms for Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House lined up half-heartedly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic state militants.
Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.
Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.