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President Barack Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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UPDATE: Obama: US-Arab strikes show unity against ISIS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."

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Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

NEW YORK (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

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Fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
Fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
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Syria says it was informed by US before airstrikes on ISIS

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.

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Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

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This image provided by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padno and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Curtis Family)
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Journalist held in Syria returns to US

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.

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People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
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American woman is being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work hostage in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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US won’t let borders hamper fight vs. Islamic extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama faces complex options in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

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Danish vessel Ark Futura, foreground right, is moored next to the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
Danish vessel Ark Futura, foreground right, is moored next to the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
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US ship leaves port to destroy Syrian weapons

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) -- A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons has pulled out of an Italian port, as part of the final phase of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile.

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Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
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Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.

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