Obama ‘rethinking Syria strategy, wants to oust Assad’

A pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Syria on Sept. 23, 2014. (photo credit: US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

A pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Syria on Sept. 23, 2014. (photo credit: US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

Administration no longer believes it can defeat Islamic State in Iraq without also intensifying efforts to square Syria, including removing brutal president

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‘Jihadists control all of Syria’s main oilfields’

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet al-Itisam Media on June 29, 2014, allegedly shows members of the IS (Islamic State), including military leader and Georgian native Abu Omar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili) (L) and Sheikh Abu Mohammed al-Adnani (C), whose picture was blurred by the source to protect his identity, speaking at an unknown location between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah. (AFP photo/HO/Al-Itisam Media)

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet al-Itisam Media on June 29, 2014, allegedly shows members of the IS (Islamic State), including military leader and Georgian native Abu Omar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili) (L) and Sheikh Abu Mohammed al-Adnani (C), whose picture was blurred by the source to protect his identity, speaking at an unknown location between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah.    (AFP photo/HO/Al-Itisam Media)

After declaring caliphate, ISIL said to seize desert reservoirs from rebel groups and rival Islamist fighters

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