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Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria

At the heart of President Barack Obama’s quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. The president may continue helping Iraqi forces try to reverse the group’s land grabs in northern Iraq by providing more arms and American military advisers and by using U.S. warplanes to support Iraqi ground operations.

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City Council reaffirms ballot language on Clay Chastain’s initiative

A council majority defeated an attempt to add the words “light rail” to ballot measures prompted by Clay Chastain’s petition initiative, and the wording is set for the Nov. 4 election. The council decision means that voters will be asked whether they want to authorize a quarter-cent sales tax for “capital improvements” and an eighth-cent for “public transportation purposes.”

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