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Report: Obama Requiring Personal Signoff of Syria Bombing Targets

President Obama will take a hands-on approach to the United States airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State and will personally sign off on bombing targets in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reports that the president has put in place much stricter requirements for strikes in Syria – where the country’s ongoing civil war and President Bashar Assad’s government complicate the situation – than in Iraq, where the U.S. continues to carry out airstrikes. Officials told the Journal that President Obama views taking action in Syria as being similar to U.S. counterterrorism operations in countries such as Somalia or Yemen.

The White House has yet to authorize any strikes in Syria, but said it will not announce action beforehand  give Islamic State and al-Nusra Front fighters time to prepare themselves.

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