Obama Relies on Mideast Allies to Counter Islamic State

September 11, 2014 1:44 PM

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Obama Relies on Mideast Allies to Counter Islamic State

President Barack Obama is relying on Middle East allies including Saudi Arabia as linchpins in escalating the offensive against Islamic State extremists with airstrikes on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

In a speech to the nation last night, the president said the U.S. would be joined by a broad coalition of partners for a “steady, relentless effort” against the group. No American ground combat troops will be needed, he said, as American airpower will support local forces, primarily Iraqis and selec...

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