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Oct 15, 2014

Hundreds of Islamic State militants killed in Kobani strikes – U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes have killed several hundred Islamic State fighters around the Syrian town of Kobani, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, but it cautioned that the town near Turkey’s border could still fall to the Sunni militant group.

The U.S.-led coalition has launched about 40 air strikes on the mainly Kurdish town of Kobani in the past 48 hours, the largest number since the strikes inside Syria began on Sept. 22 and illustrating the difficulty of staunching a nearly month-long Islamic State offensive on the town.

Oct 15, 2014

Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group’s advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq.

But Obama did not hint any changes to what he saw as long-term strategy that would see ups and downs in the months ahead, even as pressure builds for the coalition to stop the Islamic State from taking control of more territory.

Oct 14, 2014

Obama, foreign military chiefs, to thrash out Islamic State plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for the U.S.-led coalition to do more to stop the militants’ advance.

Some three weeks before U.S. congressional elections viewed largely as a referendum on Obama’s leadership, the president will aim to show the U.S. public and allies abroad that he is committed to a plan to “degrade” and “destroy” the group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Oct 12, 2014

U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola

Oct 12 (Reuters) – At Fort Campbell in Kentucky, spouses of
U.S. soldiers headed to Liberia seem to be lingering just a bit
longer than usual after pre-deployment briefings, hungry for
information about Ebola.

For these families, the virus is raising a different kind of
anxiety than the one they have weathered during 13 years of
ground war in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want to know how the
military can keep soldiers safe from the epidemic, a new
addition to the Army’s long list of threats.

Oct 10, 2014

Analysis – Kobani’s fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month.

    But the symbolism of U.S.-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early setback to U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-week old Syria air campaign – far beyond its battlefield importance.

Oct 10, 2014

Kobani’s fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month.

    But the symbolism of U.S.-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early setback to U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-week old Syria air campaign – far beyond its battlefield importance.

Oct 10, 2014

As Obama gave Syria nod, his coalition was still unclear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The effectiveness of the U.S.-led coalition effort in Syria is under scrutiny as Islamic State fighters try to overrun a strategic Syrian town on Turkey’s border.

The United States and its allies, including Gulf states, have conducted more than 130 airstrikes in Syria against Islamic state militants since Sept. 22, in the biggest show of Arab support for U.S.-led military action in the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War.

Oct 10, 2014

Insight – As Obama gave Syria nod, his coalition was still unclear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The effectiveness of the U.S.-led coalition effort in Syria is under scrutiny as Islamic State fighters try to overrun a strategic Syrian town on Turkey’s border.

The United States and its allies, including Gulf states, have conducted more than 130 air strikes in Syria against Islamic state militants since Sept. 22, in the biggest show of Arab support for U.S.-led military action in the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War.

Oct 9, 2014

Threat to Syrian town tests patience for U.S. strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat from Islamic State fighters to the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is an early test of the U.S.-led coalition’s patience for a military strategy that at the moment cannot hold ground in Syria.

As President Barack Obama met with top brass at the Pentagon on Wednesday, his administration sought to set low expectations for what U.S.-led air strikes could accomplish in Syria’s ground war, and acknowledged Kobani may fall into the clutch of Islamic State, also known as ISIL, in the days ahead.

Oct 9, 2014

Analysis – Threat to Syrian town tests patience for U.S. strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat from Islamic State fighters to the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is an early test of the U.S.-led coalition’s patience for a military strategy that at the moment cannot hold ground in Syria.

As President Barack Obama met with top brass at the Pentagon on Wednesday, his administration sought to set low expectations for what U.S.-led air strikes could accomplish in Syria’s ground war, and acknowledged Kobani may fall into the clutch of Islamic State, also known as ISIL, in the days ahead.

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      "Phil Stewart has worked for Reuters since 1998 and reported from more than 30 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Egypt. Before becoming a Washington D.C.-based military affairs and intelligence reporter, Phil covered terrorism, foreign affairs and the Vatican from Rome from 2004 until mid-2009. He has also previously been based in Colombia and Brazil as a foreign correspondent. Before joining Reuters, Phil covered U.S. politics out of Washington D.C. for States News Service. He earned his BS in international relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. ..."
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