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Gen. Martin Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs, said the US troops in Iraq are working in a "combat advisory role" now but that if circumstances evolved he might recommend that they "provide close combat advising" or accompany particular missions. Lawmakers are considering measures for providing arms and training to Syrian rebels. Senior US officials warned that the US will retaliate if Syrian forces attack US aircraft launching strikes in Syria. Secretary of State Kerry said that although the US will not cooperate militarily with Iran in fighting the Islamic State, the US is willing to talk to Iran about the fight against the terrorist organization. NATO ally Turkey has refused US requests to join the coalition against the Islamic State. President Obama is sending 3,000 US troops to Africa to help combat the alarming spread of the Ebola virus.
Secretary of State Kerry said the US will not coordinate airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria with the Assad government, but that the US will try to ensure that US and Syrian forces do not conflict with each other. He also said airstrikes alone will not defeat the IS, and stated that the fighting on the ground in Syria would be done by opposition forces backed up by US and allied air support. The FBI in Minneapolis is looking into the recruitment of young women and men in the area by Islamist extremists, including the Islamic State.
The Pentagon said yesterday that the US has carried out about 160 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq over the last month, and that it is preparing to "to be more aggressive going forward" in the US counterterrorism campaign. The Pentagon also plans to oversee training of some 5,000 Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. US officials are concerned about possible collaboration between AQAP, al Qaeda operatives in Syria, and Western jihadists who may be jointly planning attacks against the West.