Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes
NEW YORK - President Barack Obama will address the United Nations on Wednesday as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in trajectory for a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.
Administration officials say Obama will cast the U.S. as the linchpin in efforts to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday, joined by a coalition of Arab nations.
The partnership marked a rare victory for Obama during a tough stretch during which his foreign policy has been challenged not only by the Mideast militants, but also Russia's provocations in Ukraine and an Ebola outbreak in West Africa.