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Here's what could help make Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State work, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.
*Sellers say holding talks with China on Kurdish oil sales. *A China deal could hurt Baghdad's efforts to halt trades.
DUBAI, Sept 17- A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia. A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq's south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.
*Paris conference supports military action in Iraq, no mention of Syria. PARIS/ DUBAI, Sept 15- Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.
PARIS, Sept 15- World powers backed military measures on Monday to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria.
*France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.
Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.
The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say. It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.
"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd discusses the U.S.'s plan to handle ISIS and whether we are at "war" with the group.
*Russia says air strikes would be aggression. BEIRUT, Sept 11- By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar al-Assad's major enemies. The U.S. strategy for tackling Islamic State in Syria is unlikely to yield quick results.
Wayne Swan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, says U.S. President Obama has put together practical measures, careful not to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor.
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reports from Iraq on the threat of ISIS, and the strategy of the U.S. to disarm the terrorist group.
Retired U.S. Army Major General Paul D. Eaton, shares his view of President Obama's strategies against ISIS, and the opportunity for other countries to step up.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, provides her view on oil production in the U.S., the economy and corporate America.
Former U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt, weighs in on President Obama's ISIS strategy. Kimmitt says had Obama been prepared to move forces into Syria it would have been easier to put a coalition together.
BAGHDAD/ DUBAI, Sept 11- Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.
Although he stressed he would not put troops in combat roles there, Obama announced that he is sending another 475 service members to Iraq.
Daniel Serwer, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, outlines his expectations ahead of U.S. President Obama's speech on Wednesday.
While experts differed on what Obama should say, they cautioned against drawing any bright lines for future military involvement.
Most media outlets refer to the violent terrorist group as "ISIS" rather than "ISIL." Some people don't like that.