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     A DAY BEFORE AN ISIS HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL, PRESIDENT OBAMA HELD MEETINGS AT THE PENTAGON TO TALK IRAQ STRATEGY.

     THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT TO THE PENTAGON ALSO COMES AS THE U-S MILITARY’S INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ DEEPENS IN ORDER TO PUSH BACK ISIS FORCES.

    FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT RICH EDSON HAS THE LATEST DETAILS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

    IN A RARE VISIT TO THE PENTAGON MONDAY – TOP MILITARY OFFICIALS BRIEFED PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE.

    THE U-S IS AIMING TO DRIVE BACK GAINS MADE BY ISIS FORCES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA… ESPECIALLY FOLLOWING THE FALL OF RAMADI, THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL OF ANBAR, IN MAY.

    OBAMA says: ‘This will not be quick. It is a long-term campaign. ISIL is opportunistic and it is nimble.’

     THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY AUTHORIZED AN ADDITIONAL 450 TROOPS TO HELP SUPPORT IRAQI FORCES FIGHTING THE MILITANTS.

     THE MOVE EXPANDS THE NUMBER OF US FORCES COMMITTED TO THE REGION TO MORE THAN 3 THOUSAND.

    A SERIES OF US AIR STRIKES OVER THE WEEKEND HIT ISIS IN ITS DE FACTO CAPITAL OF RAQQA, SYRIA. KILLING AT LEAST 10 MILITANTS AND WOUNDING MANY OTHERS.

    OBAMA says: ‘Over the past year, we’ve seen that when we have an effective partner on the ground, ISIL can be pushed back.’

      THE PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM WHILE AT THE PENTAGON. ONE DAY BEFORE DEFENSE SECRETARY ASHTON CARTER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY WILL TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S ANTI-ISIS MOVES AND GOP LEADERS OFTEN CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT FOR NOT TAKING STRONGER ACTIONS.

    TURNER says: ‘He doesn’t travel to the other side of the river to the Pentagon that often. So I think us foreign policy analysts could be forgiven for being excited that maybe he’s going to announce the new strategy that he’s committed to. We’re still waiting for that final strategy to degrade and defeat ISIS.’

     “The Defense Department says the fight against ISIS has cost the U.S. almost $3 billion as of June. “

    At the White House, Rich Edson, Fox News.’

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