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U.S. military: Airstrikes against ISIS won't save key city of Kobani

October 10, 2014
Elise Labott, Holly Yan, Josh Levs | CNN
U.S. airstrikes "are not going to save" the key Syrian city of Kobani from being overtaken by ISIS, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.
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Gen. Dempsey 'Fearful' ISIS Could Take Over Key Syrian City

October 8, 2014
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
The nation’s top military leader said he is concerned that ISIS could soon take the key city of Kobani located on Syria’s border with Turkey. “I am fearful that Kobani will fall,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz
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Stop Pretending Drone Warfare Is Casualty-Free for America

October 8, 2014
Yochi Dreazen | TIME Magazine
President Barack Obama has been delivering a single message again and again in the weeks since U.S. warplanes started bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria: there will be no American boots on the ground in either country.
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Former defense secretary lays out disagreements with President Obama

October 8, 2014
Gloria Borger | CNN
A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.
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In Book, Panetta Recounts Frustration With Obama

October 7, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
After resigning as secretary of defense last year, Leon E. Panetta watched with growing dismay at what he perceived as a president losing his way. Instead of asserting American leadership on the world stage, Mr. Panetta concluded, President Obama was vacillating and overly cautious.
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Boehner’s comments on ground troops reflect views of GOP lawmakers

September 29, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Going further than he has before, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that the United States might one day need to deploy U.S. combat troops to counter the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
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In Iraq, closing the gap between Obama's goal and means

September 22, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Discordant notes from the Obama administration last week were widely interpreted as a collision between a war-weary president and a gung-ho military. And it was easy to see why.
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U.S. Faces Tough Struggle on Ground to Oust ISIS

September 19, 2014
Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria. Soon begins the next and much harder phase: rolling back their gains in Mosul, Falluja and other populated areas, which will require American advisers to train and coordinate airstrikes with Iraqi forces.
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War on Islamic State will be long and difficult, top defense officials tell Senate

September 17, 2014
Nancy Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
In their first public briefing since President Barack Obama laid out his new strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s two top defense officials on Tuesday provided few details of their plans and no guarantees of success.
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