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Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signaled there would not be immediate U.S. military strikes in Syria, saying that Washington was still developing a strategy on tackling the conflict there.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama told reporters, explaining that the U.S. did not “have to choose” between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State jihadist fighters.

AFP Photo/Saul Loeb

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Beware The Culture Warrior Posing As ‘Moderate Republican’

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