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US would strike back if fired on over Syria...Senate hearing on Islamic State plans...US Ebola aid

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior administration officials say that in addition to not coordinating directly with Bashar Assad's regime on airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, Assad's air defenses face retaliation if they're used against American aircraft. President Barack Obama has authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria as part of a broad campaign against the extremists, but no strikes have yet been launched.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. military officials are scheduled to appear today before the Senate Armed Services Committee in hopes of giving lawmakers a better feel for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. Some lawmakers worry about arming moderate Syrian rebels, which the president has asked them to authorize. Others wonder why there have been no airstrikes on militants in Syria yet.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will get some U.S. medical and logistical assistance. The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to help overwhelmed local health care systems. President Barack Obama plans to announce the stepped-up effort today in Atlanta.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is stirring and that's prompted warnings from scientists today. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level to "critical" for Mount Mayon in eastern Albay province after recording an escalation of unrest over a 15-hour period, including hot rocks falling in the summit area and low-frequency volcanic earthquakes. Thousands of residents within a 4- to 5-mile radius are being ordered to leave.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — There's been more shelling in eastern Ukraine overnight amid a fragile cease-fire. The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded after hits on multiple residential buildings, primarily in the north of the city.

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