Under Pressure, Administration at Pains to Reconcile Fight Against Both Islamic State and Assad Regime
By CAROL E. LEE and JULIAN E. BARNES
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is exploring ways to clarify his Syria policy, senior administration officials said, including how to reconcile his opposition to both the Assad regime and the Sunni militants that are its chief foe.
The discussions are taking place amid growing pressure from U.S. allies in the Middle East for the administration to more pointedly confront the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Another prompt is Senate confirmation hearings for Mr. Obama’s pick to lead the Defense Department, Ashton Carter, who...