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House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State group.

Diplomatic push growsagainst Islamic State

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

Islamic State group’s war chest is growing daily

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Never forget

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.