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A convoy of vehicles and militant fighters move through Iraq's Anbar Province. The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side-by-side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic state after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist and border security. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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The Islamic State, which controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, "seems to be absolutely certain they will be trying to kill as many Americans as possible in the United States as well as elsewhere," said Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch. (Raqqa Media Center Via Associated Press)

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Image: YouTube, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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New Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Ibadi, a Shiite, has gotten votes of confidence from American and Iranian leaders about building a unity government in Baghdad. (associated press)

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Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said that the U.S. cannot become more involved with the crisis in Iraq by putting troops on the ground. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

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Demonstrators chant pro-al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they carry al Qaeda flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo)

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al Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The fighting at Beiji comes as Iraq has asked the U.S. for airstrikes targeting the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While U.S. President Barack Obama has not fully ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes, such action is not imminent in part because intelligence agencies have been unable to identify clear targets on the ground, officials said.(AP Photo)

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** FILE ** This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

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Hughes MH-6 Little Bird, nicknamed the Killer Egg, and its attack variant AH-6, are light helicopters used for special operations in the United States Army. This little helicopter has proved its worth in Grenada, Nicaragua, Panama, Somalia and Iraq. They fulfilled a multitude of roles from observation, transport, to attack. Two US Army (USA) AH-6J Little Bird helicopters take off for a mission at a forward deployed location in southern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, right, meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered and influential Shiite cleric, in the southern city of Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Mr. Ban urged lawmakers during his visit to "find a common ground" so they can address the crisis sparked by the Islamic State group, whose push has threatened to fracture Iraq. (AP Photo/UN Photo, Eskinder Debebe)

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In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, the church of Mary is seen abandoned after Islamic militants closed it and brought the cross down from the rooftop in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage." (AP Photo)

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FILE -In this undated file photo posted on a militant website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a bulldozer destroys Sunni's Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in Mahlabiya district outside of Tal Afar, Iraq. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo, File)

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In this undated photo posted on a militant website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Shiite's Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine explodes in Tal Afar, Iraq. Images posted online show that Islamic extremists have destroyed at least 10 ancient shrines and Shiite mosques in territory - the city of Mosul and the town of Tal Afar - they have seized in northern Iraq in recent weeks. (AP Photo)

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In this undated photo posted on a militant website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Shiite's Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine explodes in Tal Afar, Iraq. Images posted online show that Islamic extremists have destroyed at least 10 ancient shrines and Shiite mosques in territory - the city of Mosul and the town of Tal Afar - they have seized in northern Iraq in recent weeks. (AP Photo)

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Omar al-Shishani stands next to a group of ISIL fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

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Omar al-Shishani stands next to a group of ISIL fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

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** FILE ** Omar al-Shishani stands next to a group of ISIL fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

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** FILE ** In this Sunday, July 20, 2014, photo, newly arrived displaced Christians wait for relief aid at a church in the town of Hamadaniya, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi Christians have been fleeing from the northern city of Mosul in the wake of threats from Islamic State militants who took the city in a blitz offensive last month. (AP Photo)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad, Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to meet with Iraq's leaders and personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)