U.S. says won’t unleash ‘shock and awe’ air campaign in Syria

Hagel and Dempsey testify at a hearing about the IS on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military's current plan would be outlined to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by the U.S. military's Central Command and envisioned striking the group's safe havens to knock out infrastructure, logistics and command capabilities. General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. …


U.S. says won’t unleash ‘shock and awe’ air campaign in Syria

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not preparing to unleash a “shock and awe” campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military’s current plan would be outlined to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by the U.S. military’s Central Command and envisioned striking the group’s safe havens to knock out infrastructure, logistics and command capabilities. General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. …

Islamic State goes underground in Syrian stronghold

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceBy Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorized U.S. air strikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure. In the city of Raqqa, 450 km (280 miles) northeast of Damascus, residents say Islamic State has been moving equipment every day since Obama signaled on Sept. 11 that air attacks on its forces could be expanded from Iraq to Syria. …


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