Defeating Islamic State requires strikes in Syria

August 22, 2014 6:04 PM

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Defeating Islamic State requires strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON — Defeating Islamic State militants will require elimination of their havens in Syria, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told USA TODAY in a recent interview.

Rear Adm. John Kirby declined to comment Friday on whether the Pentagon was planning strikes in Syria.

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