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Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.

But administration officials say Obama will press forward with other elements of his plan without authorization from lawmakers. That could include further airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and possibly in Syria. Other elements of Obama's plan include increased support for Iraqi security forces, as well as military and diplomatic commitments from partners in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

After a discussion with congressional leaders Tuesday, the White House said Obama told lawmakers that he has the authority he needs to take action against the militants.

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