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Obama says has requested military options for Islamic State

Reuters

August 28, 2014 | 2:18 pm

<em>President Barack Obama in Washington on Aug. 28. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters</em>

President Barack Obama in Washington on Aug. 28. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has asked officials to prepare a range of U.S. military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed.

At a news conference, Obama cautioned against speculation that he was on the brink of a decision to expand air strikes against Islamic State beyond targets already being hit in Iraq by U.S. aerial attacks.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are."

Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler

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