Islamic State militants embrace in celebration after taking over Tabqa air base near Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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In fact, Washington had already taken firm action, by launching airstrikes in northern Iraq to stem military advances by ISIS that came uncomfortably close to the autonomous Kurdish region and U.S. interests there.The U.S. has acted in Syria and Iraq only when it believes its direct interests are at stake, and not out of concerns about the targeting of ethnic minorities or the daily stream of massive human rights violations, or out of a genuine desire to promote stability and democracy in the region.
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