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Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse

(Reuters) - Islamic State's defeat in Kobani and other recent setbacks in Syria suggest the group is under strain but far from collapse in the Syrian half of its self-declared caliphate. Islamic State's high-profile defeat by Kurdish militia backed by air strikes capped a four-month battle that cost Islamic State 2,000 of its fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war. Further from the spotlight, Islamic State has also lost ground to Syrian government and Syrian Kurdish forces elsewhere. Its foes have noted unusual signs of disorganization in its ranks, while reports of forced conscription may indicate a manpower…
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Obama to Unveil National Security Strategy

President Barack Obama is set to present his plan to deal with foreign policy concerns, ranging from the Islamic State to the rise of China, in a report to lawmakers. No major policy changes are expected to be unveiled Friday in the 33-page National Security Strategy document. Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Obama for what they feel is an insufficient response to global threats, including the Islamic State group and Russia's actions in Ukraine. In a brief introduction to the report, President Obama defended his policies. "In a complex world, many of the security problems we face do not lend…
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France Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Iraq

France says its fighter jets have successfully carried out the country's first airstrikes against Islamic State insurgents inside Iraq. The office of French President Francois Hollande said in a statement Friday that its Rafale jets launched a strike against a militant logistics depot, adding that it was destroyed completely. France did not give the exact location of where it took place, but said there would be more operations in the coming days. Hollande announced on Thursday that his country was ready to conduct airstrikes requested by Iraq once reconnaissance flights had identified targets. He has said the military operation would…
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Obama’s IS Strategy Gets Mixed Reaction

President Barack Obama's proposed strategy for an expanded military effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has drawn a mixed reaction from congressional lawmakers. Obama announced his plan late Wednesday in a nationally televised speech and urged Congress to support the mission against the group, which had previously been known as ISIL or ISIS.    Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told VOA he and many other Republicans believe the president waited too long to take action.   "The unfortunate thing is that in waiting for the last seven months, ISIL has been able…
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Obama Plans Prime Time Speech on Islamic State Threat

President Barack Obama is planning a prime time television speech Wednesday about his plan to combat the advance of Islamic State militants in the Mideast. The White House said the president will discuss the threat posed by the insurgents and his plan for "degrading and ultimately destroying" the Islamic State. Obama met Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry about his military options, including whether to expand airstrikes on the insurgents' strongholds from Iraq to Syria.  The president has already ruled out the use of American ground troops. Growing public support Public opinion surveys have shown growing support in the…
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