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Obama Needs New Strategy to Defeat Islamic State, Lawmakers Say

U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. will continue airstrikes on Islamic State positions and equipment in northern Iraq, as the “core priority” is protecting U.S. personnel and preventing extremists from overtaking the country. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- “I think it’s very, very serious,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that aired today. “We have to have a strategy to deal with it in Syria and Iraq, in this new caliphate, and to prevent that caliphate from expanding.”

* Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top-ranking

Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said “biggest

threat” to U.S. are Americans, Britons who join extremist

groups and also hold passports that make it easier for them

to travel back to U.S. -- and harder for intelligence

officials to identify * Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, says U.S. should

increase participation of special forces, military advisers

in region * “We have to defeat ISIS,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the

Nation” program, using acronym for Islamic State. “Not

contain, not stop. Defeat.” * NOTE: President Obama last wk said U.S. has no immediate

plans to strike Islamic State havens inside Syria and that

strategy for confronting extremist group beyond Iraq is

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