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President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he has not yet developed a strategy to combat Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants. Obama said that he had asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to prepare “a range of options” for confronting ISIS, but at the same time he pushed back against speculations that he is preparing to bomb ISIS in Syria.

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As President Barack Obama and his key advisors calculate how best to make life difficult for the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, one thing is abundantly clear from the president's words: US collaboration with the Assad regime is beyond the pale.

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In March 2011, just a few days after the uprisings began in Syria, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, made an unannounced visit to Damascus. He came with a clear message: Do not give in to the Arab Spring in Syria.

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Expressing its strong support for the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the Security Council today called on all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire and an end to the fighting. Unanimously adopting resolution 2174 (2014) under the Charter's Chapter VII, the fifteen-member body condemned the use of violence against civilians and civilian institutions, and called for accountability.

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries. 

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In the wake of conflicting messages from the United States on reports that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt struck Islamist positions in Libya, MENASource spoke with three Atlantic Council experts to get their reactions to this news.

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The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, US officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand US action beyond the limited airstrikes underway in Iraq. The Pentagon announced yesterday that seven Western nations have teamed to support the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

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To: The International Community
From: Karim Mezran

Background

Security in Libya has rapidly deteriorated in the last several weeks, jeopardizing what incremental gains were aspired through new parliamentary elections, a constitution-drafting process, and a national dialogue.

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries. 

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Talks on forming a new Yemeni government collapsed on August 24 after thousands of Houthi supporters rallied in Sana’a on August 22 to protest against the rise in fuel prices. The government offered on August 25 to resign within a month to pave the way for a technocrat administration that would review the fuel subsidy issue.

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