Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State




 
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September 10th, 2014  
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Topic: Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State


By Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would complement an expanded military campaign to back government forces in Iraq following the formation of a more inclusive government in Baghdad. Obama has promised not to send combat troops back to the region, but he is expected to announce a commitment to provide more arms and training to rebel groups in Syria, a key element in any campaign of air attacks there.




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