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Sep 8, 2014

U.S. Congress seen approving funds if needed for Islamic State campaign

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
is expected to pursue a military campaign against Islamic State
without seeking special congressional authority now but
lawmakers said on Monday they would probably approve any request
he made for extra funding.

They said there was widespread support in Congress for
attacks to stop the advance of the Sunni Islamist militant
group, especially after the videotaped beheading of two American
journalists by the Islamist group in the last three weeks.

Sep 5, 2014

Senator seeks to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State recruits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator said Friday that Americans who join, support or fight with Islamic State should lose their U.S. citizenship, and said he would introduce legislation to bar anyone who does so from returning to the country.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and conservative firebrand who is seen as a likely 2016 presidential contender,- said he would introduce his “Expatriate Terrorist Act” on Monday, the first day Congress is back from its five-week August recess.

Sep 5, 2014

Top Senate Republican: Obama needs ‘credible plan’ on Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Senate Republican said on Thursday President Barack Obama can expect bipartisan support in Congress if he offers a “credible plan” to go after Islamic State militants, as senior U.S. officials prepare to brief lawmakers on the matter.

Some lawmakers contend that Obama should seek congressional authorization for airstrikes in Iraq against the Sunni militants. However, it is not clear whether such a vote would take place this month or whether he needs Congress to approve the limited actions already under way.

Sep 4, 2014

Obama administration sets briefings for Congress on Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials and Secretary of State John Kerry to brief members of Congress and staff about the Islamic State militant group in the coming weeks, congressional aides said on Thursday.

Kerry will testify to members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee during the week of Sept. 15, an aide said.

Aug 29, 2014

Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly – if at all.

Republicans are generally reluctant to vote for Obama’s policy initiatives. And many of the president’s fellow Democrats are deeply wary of any more foreign military involvement after over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 29, 2014

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Obama’s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Aug 28, 2014

Obama says does not yet have broad strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he has not yet developed a broad strategy for confronting Islamic State in an acknowledgement that he has not decided whether to launch air strikes against the militant group in Syria.

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama told a White House news conference ahead of meeting top national security advisers in the Situation Room about how to proceed against Islamic State.

Aug 26, 2014

Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS Poll showed on Tuesday.

Sixty-two percent of adults surveyed said they agreed with U.S. and British policy of refusing to pay ransom, in response to a question about the killing of American journalist James Foley and the multimillion dollar ransom demanded by Islamic State militants for his release.

Aug 26, 2014

Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS Poll showed on Tuesday.

Sixty-two percent of adults surveyed said they agreed with U.S. and British policy of refusing to pay ransom, in response to a question about the killing of American journalist James Foley and the multimillion dollar ransom demanded by Islamic State militants for his release.

Aug 9, 2014

Obama says ending Iraq crisis could be ‘long-term project’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday U.S. airstrikes have destroyed arms and equipment that Islamic State insurgents could have used to attack Arbil, the Iraqi Kurdish capital, but warned Americans it could take some time to end the crisis.

“I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks. This is going to take some time,” Obama said during a brief news conference before leaving Washington for a two-week vacation in Massachusetts.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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