Expanded fight against ISIL raises risks

September 11, 2014 6:11 AM

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Expanded fight against ISIL raises risks

WASHINGTON — By expanding military pressure on the Islamic State, President Obama is now running risks he had long hoped to avoid when he withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq.

His strategy to counter the militant Islamic faction has been marked by a core principle that military action should not race ahead of politics and diplomacy. It has led to a more incremental approach criticized by some as overly cautious while supporters describe it as methodical and systematic.

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