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Ben Kinsey waves a flag from an Interstate 20 overpass Thursday in North Augusta, South Carolina. Kinsey is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and the Georgia National Guard, who felt compelled to stand in the heat and wave his flag after attending a 9/11 ceremony last year. This is the second year he has paid tribute to the first responders that gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and wants to remind everyone of their sacrifices. He said it’s easy to tell when a veteran drives by — they give the flag a fast salute as they speed by.

Obama’s request to combat militants draws support

WASHINGTON — Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama’s call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward votes in the heat of a midterm election campaign.

Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still won’t commit U.S. troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and will rely heavily for now on allies to pitch in for what could be an extended campaign.