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FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group sit on a tank during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)

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Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, is hammering out a legislative proposal to authorize U.S. military strikes on Islamic State targets within Syria. (associated press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama must come to Congress to authorize strikes in Syria. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Sunday April 20, 2014 file photo, released French hostage Nicolas Henin arrives at the Villacoublay military airbase, outside Paris. A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum earlier this year. French magazine Le Point on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, quotes its reporter Nicolas Henin as saying he was tortured by Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who had spent time with extremists in Syria. Henin was held for a time with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by extremists from the Islamic State group in recent weeks. He was released in April with other French journalists who had been held since June 2013. Nemmouche is in custody since his arrest in France soon after the Brussels killing in May. The attack crystallized fears of European governments that Europeans who join radical fighters in Syria could return to stage attacks at home. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt to destroy the militants or even seriously degrade their capabilities means targeting their infrastructure in Syria. That, however, is far more complicated. If it launches airstrikes against the group in Syria, the U.S. runs the risk of unintentionally strengthening the hand of President Bashar Assad, whose removal the West has actively sought the past three years. Uprooting the Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in both Syria and Iraq, would potentially open the way for the Syrian army to fill the vacuum. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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National Edition News cover for September 3, 2014 - Concerns grow that Obama underestimated Islamic State, Syria, Russia threats: An image taken from a video released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, before his execution.

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FILE - This Aug. 28, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president will meet with his top advisers and consult members of Congress to prepare U.S. military options. At the same time, he is looking for allies around the world to help the U.S. root out the Islamic State group that has seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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President Barack Obama leaves the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, after speaking about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday. (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

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Radicalized: Douglas McArthur McCain, an American who converted to Islam, died during clashes in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State. (Facebook)

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FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking in New York. President Barack Obama's military leadership made clear in recent days that the threat from the Islamic State militants, who murdered American journalist James Foley, cannot be fully eliminated without going after the group in Syria, as well as Iraq."This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," said Dempsey. "Can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File)

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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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President Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria, a U.S. official told CNN Monday. (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)