Turning its campaign of videotaped terror toward Washington's primary battlefield ally, the Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines and threatening to kill another British hostage.
The Pentagon has found the money, but it's still formulating a plan for how to actually spend it to help fight the rapidly escalating Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Periodically, the Pentagon seeks Congress's permission to shift money around its accounts. These reprogramming requests, as they're called, are often overlooked as boring budget documents. But the latest request sent to Capitol Hill earlier this week is chock full of attention-grabbing items.
When U.S. President Barack Obama makes his speech Wednesday night about taking on the Islamic State, he's sure to mention the nine countries that have signed on to aid the United States in the fight. He'll leave out the one country that has already sent forces into Iraq and Syria to help beat back the terrorist group: Iran.
This story has been updated.
On Sunday President Barack Obama raised expectations that the U.S. military will help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa. But on Monday the Pentagon said it is merely filling a request for one field-deployable, 25-bed hospital -- a drop in the bucket toward stemming the epidemic, according to experts.