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President Obama tells MacDill troops no US ground combat in Iraq or Syria listen

09/17/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Barak Obama, POTUS, Iraq, ISIL, ISIS, MacDill, Central Command, military, Troops


Wednesday in Tampa President Barack Obama reiterated that American troops would not have a combat role in the fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday that there could be U.S. “boots on the ground” if the situation warranted.

After meeting with advisers at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base, the president told about 1,200 members of the military they won’t be sent to Iraq for a ground war.

After th...

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On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa, ISIL, Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Syria, Barack Obama, MacDill Air Force Base


President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

“We’ll travel tonight to Tampa to receive a briefing from the commander of U.S Central Command, General Austin, on operational plans to implement his ISIL st...

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces resolution to permit U.S. strikes inside Syria listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, War, Bill Nelson, ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State


Late Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed a joint resolution with the Senate to allow the president to make airstrikes on Islamic State militants inside Syria.

“I describe ISIS as a snake. If the head of the snake is in Syria -- which it is -- a lot of their organization, a lot of their leadership is there, then we ought to go after the snake where the head is and decapitate the snake. In doing that we’re going to have to go into Syria. Now, I believe that t...

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Senator Bill Nelson calls for more U.S. military attacks inside Syria and Iraq listen

08/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Bill Nelson, Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, War


The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday provided by his office, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he met with the president of the Free Syrian Army in Turkey. Nelson says there should be more U.S. military actions inside Syria and Iraq.

"Well, we're not gonna put boots on the ground. The American pub...

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