In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
Politicians in Washington have voted in favor of plans for the US military to arm and train moderate rebels in Syria, as it plans attacks on "Islamic State" fighters also opposing President Bashar al-Assad.
US President Barack Obama has told Congress that he has the authority to strike the "Islamic State." The president is scheduled to present his military strategy in a televised address on Wednesday.
Is this the end of the debate over US ground troops in Iraq and Syria? Apparently not - President Obama's political opponents will make sure the discussion goes on, says DW's Miodrag Soric.
He was elected to bring peace - now Barack Obama is going to war. But the US president has no other choice, says DW's Miodrag Soric.
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