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U.S. Expands Footprint in Iraq, Assad Stays in Syria for Now and Budget Negotiations in Congress


As U.S. forces continues the fight against ISIS, the Pentagon announced plans to send more special operations forces to Iraq. In neighboring Syria, Bashar al Assad is likely to stay in power for the foreseeable future because, as Michael Crowley reports, the U.S. sees him as “an enemy we can work with.” And in the U.S. Congress, the threat of a government shutdown appears to be off the table as lawmakers are now just debating how to spend their already agreed to budget. One sticking point seems to be what to do about the refugee program.