According to a senior US official, the decision is the first intrusive action by the nation in Syria since the civil war has began, reported a news channel.

The report said that the question of whether Washington should authorize air strikes in Syria had assumed significance in recent days in the aftermath of the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS.

It may be mentioned here that earlier Washington had declared the beheading of an American journalist a ‘terrorist attack’, upping the stakes in its confrontation with the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

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