President Obama ISIS address: Live blog

President Obama ISIS address: Live blog

Follow along with updates and analysis of President Obama's address on ISIS.

  • 9/11/2014 12:02:40 AM Laura E. Davis

    Ahead of Obama's speech tonight, here's a look at airstrikes the U.S. has already conducted against the Islamic State.

  • 9/11/2014 12:08:33 AM Laura E. Davis

    See the latest developments in the Islamic State's expansion into Iraq with our interactive map:
  • 9/11/2014 12:21:06 AM tenny.tatusian

    What is Islamic State?

    The militant group also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL is an Al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria for its self-styled caliphate, or Islamic state. The militants espouse an especially harsh interpretation of Islam and have used brutal tactics,  including mass shootings, beheadings and crucifixions, to impose their rule.

  • 9/11/2014 12:33:44 AM tenny.tatusian
    What Obama's inner circle advises

    Many advisors to Obama think there’s no way to seriously weaken IS without going after its strongholds in Syria, which is mired in a 3-year-old civil war. Obama says Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost all legitimacy and has called on to him step down, and administration officials have said that the United States won’t cooperate with the Assad regime in attacking the Islamic State militants. - Christi Parsons
  • 9/11/2014 12:36:37 AM tenny.tatusian
    A complicated region

    America's closest regional allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, fear that any alliance to defeat the militants could weaken their strategic position against Iran, their top regional rival. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-led governments will also resist any strategy they believe could leave Sunnis vulnerable to Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq. - Christi Parsons
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  • 9/11/2014 12:43:38 AM tenny.tatusian

    Iraq's new prime minister, Haider Abadi, a Shiite Muslim, will have a tough time persuading many Sunni Arabs to join the fight against Islamic State and persuading ethnic Kurds to refrain from declaring their own country in the semiautonomous north. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

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