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  • *Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.

  • How to make Obama's strategy to fight ISIL work Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    Here's what could help make Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State work, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.

  • *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.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • War over the word 'war'     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    "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.

  • SINGAPORE Sept 12- U.S. crude futures climbed higher on Friday, rising on concerns that Western air strikes in Syria could lead to further confrontation with Russia, although prices were still close to 16- month lows.

  • Obama's ISIS objectives     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    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.

  • Opportunity for Turkey: Gen. Eaton     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    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.

  • *Russia, Syria warn against foreign strikes inside Syria. Some traders linked the bounce in U.S. crude to news that Russia said air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a U.N. Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression.

  • Oil up & attracting foreign investment: Pritzker     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, provides her view on oil production in the U.S., the economy and corporate America.

  • Obama late to Syria: Expert     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    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.

  • US response to ISIS     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates vice chair, shares his thoughts on President Obama's strategy to combat terror threats by ISIS.

  • Inside ISIS terrorist organization     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    Former Gov. Howard Dean, (D-Vt.), and Dan Senor, Foreign Policy Initiative, discuss President Obama's plan on fighting the ISIS terror threat. The hard work has to be done on the ground by the people who live there, says Dean.

  • Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (Ret.), discusses why airstrikes are not enough to wipe out ISIS.

  • US strategy to defeat ISIS     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood, discusses President Obama's plan to battle ISIS, including engaging allies against ISIS.

  • Obama: 'Systematic campaign' against ISIS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes 'wherever they exist', Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with 'partner forces' on the ground in Syria and Iraq.

    Although he stressed he would not put troops in combat roles there, Obama announced that he is sending another 475 service members to Iraq.

  • It's decision time now for Obama on ISIS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:19 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While experts differed on what Obama should say, they cautioned against drawing any bright lines for future military involvement.