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Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels
2014.09.17 02:34:24

The US House of Representatives have begun debating legislation to authorize President Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIL, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

[Reuters]



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General John Allen to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State
2014.09.13 03:07:23

President Barack Obama has chosen retired Marine Corps General John Allen, who served as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a US official said on Friday.

The official said he would be named as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against ISIL, the acronym the administration used for the Sunni Islamist movement.



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Foreign intervention in Syria
2014.09.12 02:32:49

Any foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, Ali Haidar, minister of national reconciliation affairs, said in a reaction to Obama's announcement the US is prepared to strike against Islamic State targets in the country.

"There must be cooperation with Syria and coordination with Syria and there must be a Syrian approval of any action whether it is military or not," Haidar said.



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American troops in combat roles
2014.09.12 01:19:26

The US president has adamantly ruled out the prospect of putting American troops in combat roles on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

"President Obama is trying to send a message to the public that this is not another full-blown war. US officials are making a concerted effort to say 'this is like Yemen and Somalia'.

"Whether in fact it will be like Yemen and Somalia remains to be seen. In those countries, there have been mostly unpublicized, targeted, very occasional drone strikes,” she said. "What the President is talking about now is a constant series of air strikes and a much deeper involvement with Iraq and Syria.

It is expected that the air strikes in Iraq will expand dramatically against Islamic State group targets.

When it comes to Syria, officials said that launching strikes there may take place sometime the future. They did not expect them to be immediate.

The Islamic State group has taken control of large parts of Iraq and Syria. The group's brutal campaign has included beheading of rivals and killings of hundreds of members of Iraq's minorities.



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Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.11 04:25:10

Tonight US President Barack Obama will announce his plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a speech to Americans that the White House said will discuss direct US military action as well as support for forces fighting the group in both countries.

The White House, in a statement ahead of the speech, said the US "will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy" the armed group.

The speech will be carefully watched for indications of how much Obama is prepared to intervene directly into Syria, riven by civil war and whose leader Washington has sought to dislodge. Obama is scheduled to speak at 01:00 GMT Thursday.

[Reuters]



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US commitment to work with Baghdad's new government
2014.09.10 04:06:37

President Barack Obama phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday to discuss the US commitment to work with Baghdad's new government to help it fight Islamic State fighters, the White House said.

"The president and the prime minister agreed on the importance of having the new government quickly take concrete steps to address the aspirations and legitimate grievances of the Iraqi people," the White House said in a statement.

"The prime minister expressed his commitment to work with all communities in Iraq as well as regional and international partners to strengthen Iraq's capabilities to fight against this common enemy," the White House said.

[Reuters]



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Threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.10 02:50:53

President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 24, a US official said Monday.

Initially scheduled for the day after, the meeting will see the council debate a resolution to address the growing problem of foreign fighters.

It will coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly.

"The date has changed," the official said on condition of anonymity. "The resolution will impose new binding obligations on countries to take action against foreign fighters, to prevent the facilitation of travel by foreign fighters and stop suspects."

Initial reaction to the proposed resolution had been positive, and there were "no fundamental objections" from council members, the official added.

A senior US intelligence official estimated last week that more than 12,000 foreign fighters had traveled to Syria to battle President Bashar al-Assad's regime, including more than 1,000 Europeans and more than 100 Americans.

[AFP]



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Obama to unveil plan to go after Islamic State fighters
2014.09.08 04:33:13

US President Barack Obama says he will unveil a strategy to go after the Islamic State group on Wednesday.

Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that his speech on Wednesday will "describe what our game plan's going to be."

"I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we're going to deal with it and to have confidence that we'll be able to deal with it," Obama said.

[Reuters]



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Iraq welcomes Obama's call for a broad coalition to tackle the Islamic State group
2014.09.07 03:11:26

Iraq has welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan for an international coalition to tackle the Islamic State group, saying it was a "strong message of support" for Baghdad and its fight against the group, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

"We welcome that, and we have repeatedly called on our international partners for help and support because this threat is a very deadly threat... not only to the people of Iraq or the region, but to Europe, to America, to NATO," Zebari told the AFP news agency.

"This is basically our fight... but we need the support, our capacity is limited, and we need the support to enhance our capacity," he said.

"Nobody's thinking of any ground troops at this stage, they are calling for air support, for tactical support, for arming the forces on the ground, like the [Kurdish] peshmerga, the Iraqi security forces, and also to provide... intelligence, reconnaissance," he added.

[AFP]



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Obama administration to brief members of Congress on Islamic State
2014.09.05 04:55:49

US President Barack Obama's administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials to provide an in-depth briefing on the Islamic State group to key members of Congress and staff, a congressional aide says.

The briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Counter terrorism Center for leaders and staff of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee and other panels, will take place on Friday, the aide said.

[Reuters]



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Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.05 03:09:03

President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 25, a US official said Wednesday.

The meeting will take place at the level of heads of state or government and coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly, according to US envoy Samantha Power.

It will be the second time that Obama chairs a meeting of the top world body. In 2009, he presided over a meeting on nuclear non-proliferation.

The United States currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member council.

"We are seeing a surge in terrorists traveling from around the globe specifically to fight in foreign conflicts," Power said.

"These fighters participate in brutal atrocities... and often return home radicalized by their experiences."

[AFP]



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US President Barack Obama
2014.09.04 03:55:27

The bottom line is this, our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy (the Islamic State) so that it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States ... Whatever these murderers think they will achieve with killing innocent Americans like Steven [Sotloff], they have already failed. They failed because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism. We will not be intimidated.

-- US President Barack Obama



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'Repulsed by the barbarism'
2014.09.04 03:04:48

US President Barack Obama, who is visiting Estonia in eastern Europe on Wednesday, has condemned the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff:

Obama said he is "repulsed by the barbarism" of the suspected Islamic State armed group who murdered Sotloff and videotaped the beheading.



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Obama sends more US troops to protect embassy in Baghdad
2014.09.04 02:53:52

President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital, and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State, the White House said.

The White House said on Tuesday that the additional troops heading to Baghdad would not serve in a combat role.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the move to augment a US force already in Baghdad providing security at the large embassy compound and its support facilities would bring the total number of military personnel to bolster diplomatic security in Iraq to about 820.

The actions reflect the growing U.S. concern about the threat posed by the Sunni Muslim militants who have captured parts of Iraq and Syria, and came on the same day that Islamic State released a video purporting to show its beheading of a second American hostage. [Reuters]



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Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine
2014.08.29 05:21:36

US President Barack Obama said it was plain for the world to see that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine.

Obama said he planned to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September to discuss the escalating crisis.



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Imminent US military action in Syria
2014.08.29 05:16:42

US President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent US military action in Syria saying "we don't have a strategy yet'' for degrading the violent armed group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

US President Barack Obama said confronting the Islamic State group requires a regional strategy with support from other states in the region. He said it's time for states in the region to "stop being ambivalent" about the aims of rebel groups like the Islamic State.

"They have no ideology beyond violence and chaos," Obama said.



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Challenge presented by the Islamic State group
2014.08.29 02:54:28

US President Barack Obama will meet his top national security advisers on Thursday to discuss the challenge presented by the Islamic State group and the situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House announced.

"Today the President is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State). You should not expect that we'll have new decisions to announce on these issues today," a White House official said.

Obama's meeting, with Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security Council, will take place at 4pm EDT in the White House Situation Room, Reuters reported.



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Obama promises to root out Islamic State 'cancer'
2014.08.27 04:53:43

US President Barack Obama has vowed to go after the killers of American journalist James Foley, and said rooting out the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

"America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama told veterans gathered at a convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won't be easy and it won't be quick," he said, referring to an acronym the United States uses for Islamic State.

[Reuters]



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Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria
2014.08.27 03:10:42

A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group.

The move could mark the first step toward US airstrikes against targets inside Syria.

The White House says Obama has not yet made a decision on whether to take military action inside Syria.

The US is already launching airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. The group announced last week that it had murdered an American journalist in Syria and is threatening more US hostages.

The official was not authorized to discuss Obama's decision by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

[AP]



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White House says Obama has taken no decision on Syria airstrikes
2014.08.27 02:50:41

The White House says President Barack Obama has so far made no decision on whether to launch air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria.

"The president has not made any decision to conduct military action in Syria," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, amid rising expectations of US action following American attacks against the group in Iraq.

Earnest did not directly respond to a comment by President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria that it was willing to work with the United States to take on "terrorism" inside Syria, in a reference to IS forces opposed by both Washington and Damascus.

Earnest appeared to hint that if Obama were to decide to launch attacks on Syrian territory, he would not feel the need to inform the Damascus government.

"The president has already demonstrated a willingness, where necessary... to use military force to protect the American people, regardless of borders.

[AFP]



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