President Obama has resisted getting involved in the Syrian conflict for three years, but now military leaders are pushing him toward taking military action in the war-torn country, saying it is the only way to combat the ISIS Sunni extremist group. On Friday, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the administration was analyzing the possibility of taking the battle against ISIS beyond Iraq. Even though Obama has yet to make a decision, U.S. intelligence is already gathering information on where the ISIS leadership is located in Syria, sources tell CNN.

Once the decision is made any air strikes could take place quite quickly. A military official tells the Wall Street Journal that the time needed to mount air strikes against high value targets “could be an hour, it could be a week.” Even as Obama has vowed not to get U.S. combat troops, expanding air strikes to Syria “could mean a lengthy American military commitment in the region that could consume much of Obama’s remaining time in office,” notes the Associated Press. [Read more]

 

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