Syria warns US not to launch unilateral strikes on militants

August 26, 2014 8:20 AM

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Syria warns US not to launch unilateral strikes on militants

WASHINGTON — President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White House is how to target the Sunni extremists without helping President Bashar Assad.

Defense officials said Monday evening that the Pentagon is sending in manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over Syria using a combination of aircraft, including drones and possibly U-2 spy planes. Obama approved the flights over the weekend, a senior administration official said.

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