Months after he launched a U.S.-led coalition against

Months after he launched a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, Obama is asking Congress to authorize the airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. While Obama does not agree that he needs authorization, he asked Congress to “show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.” Above, an image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 9, 2014, allegedly shows Islamic State militants waving a jihadist flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah. (Credit: Getty Images)

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