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  1. Assad Claims He’s Informed by Coalition

    Are they keeping him in the loop? Syrian President Bashar Assad says he’s getting messages from third parties — like Iraq — about the U.S.-led allies’ fight against ISIS. But he insists there can be no cooperation between Damascus and the coalition, because Syria cannot be affiliated with countries that “support terrorism,” meaning those that back Syrian rebels. President Obama, meanwhile, will ask Congress tomorrow for authorization to use force against ISIS for up to three years, whether Assad likes it or not.

    BBC, AP, Reuters

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