WASHINGTON —The use of airstrikes has been authorized by President Obama in order to defend a U.S. trained force of Syrian rebels if it comes under attack from other military forces, including the Bashar Assad regime, U.S. officials said.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that U.S. officials had made the decision after months of debating the role of the U.S. military in relation to its allies in theSyrian crisis. The officials had been careful about any such confrontation because of the risk of bringing the American military into conflict with Assad’s forces. MORE
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties by announcing the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than a half century, two administration officials say.
The United States officially removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terror earlier in June, eliminating a stumbling block in the diplomatic renewal.
The re-establishing of embassies is a final step in the full diplomatic thaw President Barack Obama initiated in December. Since then, the United States has loosened some travel restrictions to Cuba and expanded economic ties.
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