Ahead of speech, Obama briefs Congress on Islamic State strategy

Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told leaders of Congress on Tuesday that he did not need for them to authorize his strategy to fight Islamic State, ahead of a speech to Americans that may herald expanded operations against the group in Iraq and perhaps Syria. Obama’s White House speech at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday (0100 GMT on Thursday) will be his most significant effort to outline a strategy against a group whose savage methods have included the beheading of two American captives. Obama met Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrats in the U.S.

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