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  • US shouldn’t divulge IS combat plans: Saudi prince Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    Saudi Arabia's ex-head of intelligence has criticized U.S. anti-terrorism tactics, saying Obama was wrong to rule out troops in Syria and Iraq.

  • US votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:03 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes 'wherever they exist', Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with 'partner forces' on the ground in Syria and Iraq.

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain.

  • Commodities tomorrow: We have lots of oil  Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. The focus was on the Fed today, as the end of QE approaches. Stocks were up, as was the dollar, and commodities were down on the day.

  • How to make Obama's strategy to fight ISIL work Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

    Here's what could help make Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State work, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.

  • US general says cannot rule out ground role in Iraq Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:46 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    The most senior U.S. military officer has raised the possibility that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants.

  • Time to bet on the Middle East markets?  Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    Wael Ziada, head of research at EFG Hermes, discusses the case for investing in the Middle East despite continued geopolitical tensions.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Copper spikes on China news  Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Stocks and commodities rallied today, on strength in equities and a weaker dollar.

  • Need regional coalition to fight ISIS: Expert  Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (retired), and Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell chairman & CEO, discuss the U.S. strategy to fight ISIS.

  • US hits ISIS position near Baghdad  Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    NBC's Ayman Moyheldin reports on the latest U.S. efforts to help the Iraqi government win back its territory seized by ISIS.

  • How mistrust of US is making IS strategy difficult  Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the challenges in defeating Islamic State militants due to the mistrust of the U.S. from Middle Eastern countries.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Brent crude under $97  Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Brent crude slides, and traders watch China and the dollar.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • What can destroy ISIS' grip in the Middle East?  Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    Malcolm Jorgensen, Lecturer, Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney, says the West must partner with regional players to re-establish political authority in northern Iraq and Syria.

  • White House denies threat over ISIS ransom payments Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 2:30 PM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    Denis McDonough is denying claims the administration threatened legal action against the families of kidnapped Americans if they paid ransoms.

  • Oil, theft, extortion: How ISIS earns $3M a day Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 9:27 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut.

  • Australia answers US call to fight Islamic State Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia inspects the troops during a Honor Cordon at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, during a U.S. state visit in June.

    Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat.

  • Cameron condemns ISIS beheading of UK aid worker Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron

    Terrorist group Islamic State released a video Saturday purportedly showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines.

  • Pope warns 'piecemeal' World War III has begun Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 7:06 AM ET
    Pope Francis leads the canonisation mass in which John Paul II and John XXIII are to be declared saints

    Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War.

  • Commodities Next Week: The slide continues  Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead at where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • War over the word 'war'  Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd discusses the U.S.'s plan to handle ISIS and whether we are at "war" with the group.