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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the Obama policy on Syria will be nothing like Bush-era war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

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A pair of U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 23, 2014. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on the dangers of renewed involvement in Iraq by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

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President Barack Obama meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, delivers testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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Freed Turkish hostages arrive at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opens a meeting on Iraq at the U.N. Security Council, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey look at posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq as they testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, right, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, pictured, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, right, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, right, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, right, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, right, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Posters depicting ISIL ambition in Syria and Iraq are displayed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, pictured, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, pictured, testify concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)