President Obama authorized flights over Syria to survey increasingly powerful groups of Islamist militants, according to officials on Monday. The mission, including both manned and unmanned aircraft, could be the precursor to military intervention and airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Syrian officials recently demanded coordination of military action against militants, but the Obama administration does not plan to alert Bashar al-Assad’s government of its flights. “It is not the case that the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.
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