WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-term U.S. intervention in the Middle East isn't what President Barack Obama had in mind when he ran for president on a pledge to end the war in Iraq.
But when he speaks to the nation tonight, Obama will be outlining an expanded military and political effort against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Officials say the plan might include airstrikes in Syria.
Obama has ruled out sending ground troops into combat in Iraq or Syria. But he wants Congress to approve a military effort that could involve putting training locations in countries near Syria to help the more moderate rebel forces fighting against President Bashar Assad.
Obama wants military and diplomatic commitments from other countries, including partners in Europe and the Middle East.