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How Obama Will Deal With the Islamic State

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President Obama is set to announce his strategy Wednesday night for defeating the militant group known as the Islamic State, including possible expansion of U.S. airstrikes into Syria. At the same time, Democrats in the Senate are planning a bill that would authorize the U.S. military to train Syrian rebels and other foreign troops that oppose the Islamic State. Experts discuss Obama's proposed strategy, and what it means for America and the Middle East.

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Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco and senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus

Max Boot, senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present"

Michael Nacht, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs