Middle East

Obama to meet national security advisers on Iraq, Syria, ISIS

President Barack Obama speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington August 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet his top national security advisers Thursday to discuss the challenge presented by ISIS militants and the situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House announced.

Obama's meeting, with Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security Council, will take place at 4 p.m. EDT in the White House Situation Room.

Obama is considering launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria after the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

"Today the President is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIS. You should not expect that we'll have new decisions to announce on these issues today," a White House official said.





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