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August 22nd, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Is Obama heading toward air strikes in Syria?

Washington (CNN) - After three years of avoiding it, President Barack Obama finds himself being pushed toward military action in Syria.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey both made clear that defeating Islamic State jihadists rampaging through northern Iraq would require going after them in neighboring Syria.

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