Obama Expected to Ask Congress to Authorize Arming Syrian Moderates

In his speech tonight, President Barack Obama is expected to announce key details of the United States’ plan to combat the growing threat of ISIS in the Middle East.

A press release from the White House states that Obama will explain why America needs to return to Iraq and deal with the looming threat of the terrorist state also known as ISIL, and how the administration “will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, including U.S. military action and support for the forces combating ISIL on the ground — both the opposition in Syria and a new, inclusive Iraqi government.”

In addition, he will reiterate his request to Congress to help arm and train Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS, as well as announce an international coalition that includes Iraqi security forces and Arab allies, reports CNN.

Congressional support for his plan is paramount, however, and the White House’s statement indicates that Obama will push for them to act. “The President told the leaders that he would welcome action by the Congress that would aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat,” they added.

Over a week ago, Obama received widespread criticism for his statement that he didn’t have a strategy to combat ISIS yet.

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