Obama, foreign military chiefs, to thrash out Islamic State plans

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossingBy Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for the U.S.-led coalition to do more to stop the militants’ advance. Some three weeks before U.S. congressional elections viewed largely as a referendum on Obama’s leadership, the president will aim to show the U.S. public and allies abroad that he is committed to a plan to “degrade” and “destroy” the group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. …

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