Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier
By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the center of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011.
28 August, 2014 U.S. air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American forces face formidable challenges as President Barack Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets, concerns about Syria’s air defenses and fears […]
28 October, 2015 U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq By Phil Stewart and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sending a small number of special operations forces to Syria and attack helicopters to Iraq as it weighs options to build momentum in the battle against Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. […]
21 September, 2014 U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight By Missy Ryan and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be […]
27 April, 2015 Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt By Dasha Afanasieva, Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other […]