First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama distribute toys donated by the Executive Office of the President staff for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign in Washington December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. lawmakers voiced deep skepticism on Wednesday about President Barack Obama's handling of the war against Islamic State rebels in Iraq and Syria, charging that his response had been slow and "dithering" and warning the strategy did not match the threat.Ambassador Brett McGurk, the deputy presidential envoy for countering Islamic State, told lawmakers the administration was making progress in the effort to destroy Islamic State, defeat al Qaeda and encourage the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.McGurk testified that U.S. efforts to train moderate Syrian opposition fighters were expected to begin in March and produce some 5,000 troops a year.
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