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Hope Milam/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- U.S. and international military forces conducted more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend, with eight strikes reported in Syria and four more in Iraq.

According to U.S. Central Command, the latest strikes were conducted using attack planes, fighter jets and remotely piloted aircraft. The strikes in Syria destroyed a tank, three armed vehicles and a Humvee and damaged another tank, oil refineries and a command and control node operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. 

The strikes in Iraq destroyed an ISIS safe house, two checkpoints and a transport vehicle and damaged another checkpoint.


ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) -- While a U.S.-led coalition continues to strike militants in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS.

“If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview for ABC News in Portland, Maine this week. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to take more than air strikes to drive them out of there. At some point somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”

“American?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Listen, the president doesn’t want to do that,” Boehner answered. “If I were the president, I probably wouldn’t have talked about what I wouldn’t do — and maybe we can get enough of those forces trained to get them on the battlefield, but somebody’s boots have to be there.”

“If no one else will step up, would you recommend putting American boots on the ground?” Stephanopoulos pressed.

“We have no choice,” Boehner warned. “These are barbarians. They intend to kill us, and if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.”

If the president requested new authorization for the use of military force, Boehner pledged to call the House back into session “next week.”

“I’d be happy to,” he said. “The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions to do what he’s done.”

“You don’t agree?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I think he does have the authority to do it, but the point I’m making is this is a proposal that the Congress ought to consider,” the speaker said.

Boehner predicted that the GOP would take control of the Senate, and that Republicans would also add to their majority in the House. This week, Boehner made a campaign swing for GOP candidates traditionally Democratic territory in New England.

“We can gain seats in this election, and we’ve got great prospects all over the country,” Boehner said. “I don’t think you can be a national party if you just ignore one part of the country.”

Although last year Boehner told ABC News immigration reform would be passed by the end of the current session of Congress, the speaker still contends it’s one of his highest priorities.

“We had a flood of children coming across the border, once again proving that no good immigration bill can pass until we have real border security,” he said.  “Big things in Washington take bipartisan majorities. [The] issue of immigration? Only way to do it, and frankly the right way to do it, is to do it in a broad bipartisan way.”

“And you think you can bring your party along on that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner said. “I said the day after the 2012 election it was time to do immigration reform. I meant it then and I mean it today.”

So what is Boehner’s message to President Obama about the upcoming session of Congress?

“I think the conversation’s pretty straightforward. ‘Mr President you’ve got two years left. Want to have two years like we’ve had the last four years where we just butt heads and butt heads and butt heads?’” he continued. “It’s up to us to see where the common ground is, but tax reform, a big highway bill, certainly are in the realm of doable.”


Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hundreds, perhaps thousands of protesters gathered outside the White House on Sunday, condemning President Obama and his administration for their lack of action on regulation of opiate painkillers.

Wearing t-shirts that red "Fed Up!" and chanting, protesters backed by addiction groups and anti-painkiller-abuse advocates held signs with the images of loved ones who died from heroin addictions. Many of them, protesters said, began down that path by abusing prescription painkillers.

The group called for the resignation of Margaret Hamburg, administrator of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this week.


John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police are investigating whether two officer-involved shootings in St. Louis and its suburb of Ferguson are linked to protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The first shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when a Ferguson police officer was conducting a business check at the city's community center, according to a statement from the St. Louis County Police Department.

When the officer spotted two men behind the building, they began running away, said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. As the officer ran after the men, one "spun toward the officer armed with a handgun, and fired shots at the officer," hitting him once in the arm. The officer shot back.

"There is no indication at this time that the suspect was struck by return gun fire from the officer," read the county police department's statement.

The officer was treated at a local hospital.

Belmar said he did not think the shooting was related to recent protests in Ferguson, where Brown was shot and killed by a police officer last month.

In a second shooting on I-70, an off-duty St. Louis police officer was driving home after midnight Sunday in his personal car when shots were fired by someone inside a passing Dodge Charger, said police. Investigators aren't sure whether the shooting was a targeted incident or a random act of violence.

The officer’s car was hit "numerous times," according to police. He suffered minor injuries from broken glass and was treated at a local hospital.

Investigators don't believe the shootings are related.

Tensions between police and residents in the St. Louis suburb have continued since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. There were weeks of protests, including some incidents of looting and clashes between demonstrators and police.


Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harley-Davidson will recall over 100,000 motorcycles which have a problem with the clutch that could cause the vehicles to crash.

Harley-Davidson has been looking into the issue since May, and has received 632 warranty claims and 266 reports of issues from customers. In total, the company says it has identified 19 crashes with three minor injuries linked to the clutch issue. Approximately 105,746 motorcycles could be affected by the recall. 

Customers will be notified and the repairs necessary to mitigate the clutch problem will be provided without cost to the vehicle owner.





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