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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in Edgartown, Mass. At the heart of President Barack Obama’s quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. What if the militants pull back, even partially, into Syria and regroup, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 predicted they would, followed by a renewed offensive? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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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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Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charity organization at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria. (Associated Press)

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desperation: Displaced Yazidi Iraqis gather for food at the Nowruz camp in Derike, Syria. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries have given food and water, the Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them, a sign of how Syria's Kurds are using the conflict to establish their own rule. (Associated Press)

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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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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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Image: Twitter, Islamic State of Syria and the Levant

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Women from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant's al-Khansaa' Brigade. (Image: SyriaDeeply.org)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, shakes hands with worshippers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Khair mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Women from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant's al-Khansaa' Brigade. (Image: SyriaDeeply.org)

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Women from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant's al-Khansaa' Brigade. (Image: SyriaDeeply.org)

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Fighters from the Islamic State marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

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Fighters from the Islamic State marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

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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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** 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 - 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 al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. 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/Militant Website, File)

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Image: Twitter, Islamic State of Syria and the Levant

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Associated press photographs Syrian military intelligence appears to be providing assistance to the U.N. special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) from blame.