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Sep 15, 2014

U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Syrian military’s air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

President Barack Obama’s authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria has raised the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would respond in some way.

Sep 12, 2014

Obama says need to ‘snuff out’ militant groups like Islamic State

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to “ultimately snuff out” the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is a “sobering time,” said Obama at a Democratic fund-raising event in Baltimore following his decision to authorize U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time, and to add to targeted areas in Iraq.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

Obama’s decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, showed the seriousness of the threat American officials see from Islamic State. A year ago, the president shied away from airstrikes against Syria’s government for its use of chemical weapons against Syrians.

Sep 10, 2014

Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will vow on Wednesday to attack Islamic State militants “wherever they exist” in a speech to Americans expected to lay out a strategy for expanding U.S. air strikes in Iraq and, for the first time, striking targets in Syria.

Obama will stress in his 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Thursday) speech from the White House that he will not send U.S. combat troops to fight the al Qaeda-like group, and that the United States will act in concert with a broad coalition including Western allies and Arab states.

Sep 9, 2014

Ahead of speech, Obama briefs Congress on Islamic State strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told leaders of Congress on Tuesday that he did not need for them to authorize his strategy to fight Islamic State, ahead of a speech to Americans that may herald expanded operations against the group in Iraq and perhaps Syria.

Obama’s White House speech at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday (0100 GMT on Thursday) will be his most significant effort to outline a strategy against a group whose savage methods have included the beheading of two American captives.

Sep 6, 2014

Strategy against Islamic State in hand, Obama now must make it work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It took President Barack Obama and his top aides a week to explain that he does in fact have a strategy for confronting the Islamic State militancy. Now he has to prove that he can make it work.

Obama has embarked on building what is basically the third major U.S.-backed international coalition of the past 23 years to take on a challenge emanating from Iraq. The other two were constructed by former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush against the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sep 5, 2014

Obama says key allies ready to join U.S. action in Iraq

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said key NATO allies stood ready to join the United States in military action to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq as he vowed to ‘take out’ the leaders of a movement he said was a major threat to the West.

Obama said the Washington would hunt down and dismantle the organization, which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, in the same way it had tackled al Qaeda since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and was doing to al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Sep 5, 2014

Obama says will announce immigration reform steps soon

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he will soon announce his plan to address U.S. immigration reform, but sidestepped questions about whether he would wait until after November midterm elections to take action.

Polls show Americans are concerned about the impact undocumented immigrants have on the nation, and Democrats nervous about keeping control of the Senate have urged the White House to hold off on changes until after the elections.

Sep 1, 2014

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.

But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a number of crises rage abroad.

Aug 29, 2014

Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Estonia and attend a NATO summit in Wales next week to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his incursion into Ukraine must be reversed and to keep his hands off the Baltic nations.

A fresh move into eastern Ukraine by Russian forces in support of separatists is rattling the region, and Obama will reassure NATO’s Baltic allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that the alliance will stand with them should Moscow turn its attention to them.

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