Syrian opposition coalition welcomes Obama speech on Islamic State
ISTANBUL - Syria's Western-backed National Coalition opposition on Thursday urged US Congress to approve as soon as possible President Barack Obama's policy on Islamic State militants after he authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria.

"The Syrian Coalition ... stands ready and willing to partner with the international community not only to defeat ISIS but also rid the Syrian people of the tyranny of the Assad regime," coalition president Hadi al-Bahra said in a written statement.

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