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U.S. rallying allies to back Syria strikes

Wider targeting of Islamists in Obama plan, officials say

Posted: August 27, 2014 at 3:08 a.m.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference, giving the first public comments by a senior Assad official on the threat posed by the Islamic State group, in Damascus, Syria on Monday, August 25, 2014. Al-Moallem warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. Al-Moallem also said that Syria is ready to work with regional states and the international community amid the onslaught of Islamic militants there and in Iraq, adding that the Syrian government is a crucial partner in the war on terror.

The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday.

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest gestures during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, A... (By: CHARLES DHARAPAK) (Credit: AP)

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