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Lack of reliable partners in Syria poses daunting challenge to U.S.
Lack of reliable partners in Syria poses daunting challenge to U.S.

With the dramatic aerial bombardment of militant positions in Syria on Tuesday, the Obama administration has expanded its offensive against Islamic State extremists to new but treacherous terrain. The U.S.-led air assault across a wide swath of northern Syria — broadening the campaign from neighboring Iraq — was an audacious move, signaling a major escalation in the battle against an Al Qaeda breakaway faction formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The strikes hit multiple targets, the Pentagon said, including "fighters, training compounds, headquarters ... storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles." But six...

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