White House Weighs Options for ISIS Airstrikes

President Obama starts to lay groundwork for a potential expansion of military operations in Iraq.
1:38 | 08/27/14

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Now to the new developments in the military campaign against Isis. President Obama laying the groundwork for dramatic expansion of air strikes as we learn new details about an American killed fighting. Brian Ross and Martha Raddatz both joining us. Martha, the white house claiming success for the air strikes so far and more to come. Reporter: That's right, George. This morning a U.S. Official tells ABC news that general Lloyd Austin who heads central command is now in Iraq for a series of meetings on what to do next. It is Austin who is overseeing the air strikes in Iraq and he would be the general in charge if the decision is made to expand those air strikes into Syria. This morning, the Pentagon is preparing options for strikes and the president has ordered U.S. Surveillance planes to start gathering intelligence and look for potential targets. Another critical decision this morning is whether to send in warplanes and humanitarian aid to help more than 10,000 Iraqis in another town in northern Iraq now under siege by Isis. We are told the president is nearing a decision on that. Martha, the potential for air strikes in Syria, Syria making it clear they would consider that a breach of their sovereignty so how dangerous would these flights be? Reporter: Syria has robust air defenses and U.S. Warplanes would take all precautions. Since they're going after Isis, which is the enemy of the have sad regime it is doubtful U.S. Planes would be targeted. New pictures of the released

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