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    Official: US Could Take ‘Direct Action’ Against ISIS

    America may notch up its fight against the jihadis. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday of proposed plans for “direct action on the ground” against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with concentrated efforts in Raqqa and Ramadi. The White House assured it has “no intention of long term ground combat,” but will make a decision as early as this week over the proposed policy shift. This, combined with Iran’s now-accepted invitation to attend talks on Syria, seems to signal increased American awareness of the need to do more.

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