President Obama will urge a special United Nations summit Tuesday to support the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State and to fend off a competing push by Russia to craft a coalition involving Iran and President Bashar Assad’s government in Syria.
In recent weeks, Russia has built up a sizable military force inside Syria, and the Obama administration has acknowledged growing problems with its effort to roll back the extremist group from strongholds in Iraq and Syria despite more than 7,000 airstrikes since August 2014.
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