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Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy

U.S. President Obama answers questions ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly – if at all. Republicans are generally reluctant to vote for Obama’s policy initiatives. If Congress were to be asked to approve extended military action or funding, it would probably be at a politically sensitive time just weeks before the Nov. 4 congressional elections in which Republicans hope to gain seats.

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