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Obama Now Weighing Airstrikes In Syria To Combat IS

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August 26, 2014 AT 8:28 PM
President Obama spent his first day back from August vacation Monday weighing his options against Islamic State militants — options that now include airstrikes in Syria. A Pentagon spokesman said, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, is preparing options for the president to address militants "both in Iraq and Syria with a variety of military tools, including airstrikes." The spokesman, Col. Ed Thomas, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes the Islamic State "must be pressured both in Iraq and in Syria." According to a Defense Department official speaking on condition of anonymity because the news was not authorized to be released publicly, the Pentagon has issued an order to plan for spy plane missions over Syria to support potential attacks against the Islamic State. The official said the initiative to plan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Syria was contained in the execution order that allowed for the airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq.