Obama edges deeper into Islamic State fight

This August 9, 2015 US Air Force handout photo shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon departing Aviano Air Base, Italy enroute to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent ResolveSlowly but surely, Barack Obama is edging the United States deeper into a war against the Islamic State group that looks set to dominate the last year of his presidency. After a year of air strikes that have stifled but not stopped IS jihadists, Obama’s administration this week announced a series of measures that signal the fight will be central to his remaining time in office. After repeatedly ruling out the use of “boots on the ground,” Obama agreed to send as many as 200 special forces to Iraq, with a mandate to carry out raids inside Syria.

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