​With focus on ISIS, Obama recalibrates aims in Syria

September 10, 2014 10:03 AM

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One year ago, President Obama delivered a prime time address from the White House to explain his strategy in Syria, keeping open the possibility of conducting airstrikes there. On Wednesday night, Mr. Obama will once again address the public about the turmoil in Syria and the surrounding region, and he may once again discuss the option of airstrikes.

Unlike last year, however, Mr. Obama won't focus on his plan to degrade the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Instead, the president will be talking about a problem barely mentioned in last year's address: the rise of Islamic extremists that the administration now says pose a threat to U.S...

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