Report: Terrorists Control More Than Half of Syria; Obama Calls Loss a Mere Tactical Setback, Blames Global Warming

As more cities in Iraq and Syria fall into the hands of ISIS, the Senate Armed Services Committee meets to discuss strategy. CNN’s Jake Tapper reports.

In Iraq, Fallujah, Mosul and Ramadi have been taken by ISIS with Baghdad threatened 70 miles east. In Syria, Raqqa, Al Bab and Palmyra have fallen to ISIS.

On the day that news of the loss of Ramadi was confirmed, and Palmyra was being overtaken by ISIS, the president said, “It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”

Josh Earnest: “Light are hair on fire every time there is a setback.” As ISIS scores one victory after another and the president mentions Syria’s drought as caused of Middle East instability, President Obama’s strategy for fighting the terrorists is under attack by Republicans. CNN’s Jim Acosta reports.

President Obama said in an interview that his strategy against ISIS isn’t failing. CNN’s Jim Acosta reports.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the President stands behind his decision to not deploy U.S. troops to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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