Admin. offers new assurances as ISIL vote nears
WASHINGTON - Top administration officials have again been reassuring Congress -- and the public -- that there are no plans to involve U.S. troops in ground combat in Iraq or Syria.
The assurances came as the Senate moved toward a vote on President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants.
But Republican Sen. Rand Paul is warning Senate colleagues that by helping to arm and train Syrian rebels for the fight against the Islamic State group, they are intervening in a conflict "where both sides are evil" -- and where it will just serve to further destabilize the Middle East.
Despite the opposition from the potential presidential candidate, the Senate is expected to do what the House did yesterday, and approve Obama's plan for dealing with Islamic State militants.
Those militants, meanwhile, have released a new video today -- showing a British journalist who says he is their prisoner.