Tonight, President Obama is expected to outline his plan for action against the so-called Islamic State. U.S. forces have already engaged in air strikes against the Islamic State, which Obama refers to as ISIL and others call ISIS.
From the Associated Press:
Administration officials said Obama is expected to outline a broader counterterrorism effort to defeat the Islamic State, moving beyond the current limited mission aimed at using airstrikes to safeguard U.S. interests in Iraq and to ease humanitarian crises. The president will also reiterate his call for Congress to pass a $500 million plan to arm and train the Syrian rebels and ask for similar commitments from allies. ...
House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that the militants pose a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist. He said no decision would be made on whether Congress would vote until Obama laid out his plan, but the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said it was highly unlikely there would be a vote this month.
Internet videos from the Islamic State have promised further attacks on American and British citizens, following the slayings of two American journalists. In recent days, the Islamic State has also taunted Russian President Vladimir Putin, vowing to liberate Chechnya.
As we look ahead to Obama's speech, we're interested in hearing from you. What would you like to hear the president say tonight?
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