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An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria. The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces. (U.S Air Force via associated Press)

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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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Free Syrian Army members train outside Idlib, Syria, Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants in Syria, where Husan Dughman fears a familiar pattern: "removal of a hated regime, followed by descent into chaos" and final victory by extremists. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)

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National Edition News cover for September 24, 2014 - Obama opens new front in terror war: In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile at Islamic State group positions in Syria as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

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ready, aim, fire: Hours before an American-led military coalition pounded Islamic State strongholds in Syria, the Obama administration informed President Bashar Assad of its plans. (U.S. Navy via Associated Press)

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Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, pauses while speaking about the operations in Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during a news conference at the Pentagon. In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, said that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile at Islamic State group positions in Syria as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

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In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea aunches a Tomahawk cruise missile at Islamic State group positions in Syria as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

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In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile at Islamic State group positions in Syria as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

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This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian boy, left, looking at a destroyed car that activists say was targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens checking a damaged house that they say was targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens checking a damaged house that they say was targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show according to them Syrian citizens check a damaged house that targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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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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Several thousand Syrians, mostly Kurds, crossed into Turkey seeking refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria. The Obama plan calls for local fighters to counter the terror group on the ground. (associated press)

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FILE - In 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, fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group, march in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group will likely take center stage when more than 140 heads of state of government convene for the U.N. General Assembly the week of Sept. 22. (AP Photo/File)

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A check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

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In this Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, an Israeli soldier observes Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)