Controlled Strikes on Syria - Obama Says

WASHINGTON—The United States military campaign is being designed to give President Obama direct, personal control over the major aspects, this goes so far as to require that military personnel obtain presidential sign-off for any strikes in the Syrian territory.

The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war.

Mr. Obama insisted that U.S. ground forces won't engage in combat in Iraq or Syria, despite suggestions by top military commanders who suggest that if conditions escalate it may be very necessary to deploy limited ground forces to eradicate the Islamic State.

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Mr. Obama has expanded U.S. military air operations in Iraq, where the military has conducted 174 strikes. The U.S. is preparing for likely air attacks inside of Syria to target Islamic State militants.

Original Article by JULIAN BARNES and CAROL LEE  at The Wall Street Journal

Article revised for TrueChat News by JUSTIN WELLER

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