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US May Soon Launch Airstrikes on Militants in Syria

US May Soon Launch Airstrikes on Militants in Syria

September 19, 2014 7:47 PM
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The United States has conducted more than 175 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and may soon launch attacks on the group’s stronghold in Syria. But analysts say it could be difficult to develop a military strategy that will not help the besieged government in Damascus. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

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Iran, World Powers Meet in New York for Nuclear Talks

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