Obama, foreign military chiefs, to thrash out Islamic State plans

By REUTERS
October 14, 2014 14:09

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for the US-led coalition to do more to stop the militants' advance.

Some three weeks before US congressional elections viewed largely as a referendum on Obama's leadership, the president will aim to show the US public and allies abroad that he is committed to a plan to "degrade" and "destroy" the group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Obama will attend a meeting led by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with foreign defense chiefs at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) to discuss the coalition's work.

"It is part of ongoing efforts to build the coalition and integrate the capabilities of each country into the broader strategy," said Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.


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