Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

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Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — For President Barack Obama , the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marks an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

The U.S. announced the strikes hours before Obama was due to arrive in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly . The cooperation by Arab partners provided a significant boost to Obama’s efforts to build an international coalition to take on the Islamic State militants who have moved freely across the border between Iraq and Syria .

U.S. officials said Bahrain , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Jordan and the United Arab Emirates participated in the airstrikes Monday against Islamic State targets in Syria .



 

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