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US united against IS, Obama says

A Senate vote to authorise arming and training Syrian rebels shows the world Americans are united in combating Islamic State (IS) militants, President Barack Obama said.

He said IS terrorists thought they could frighten or intimidate the US through the barbaric murder of two Americans.

But the president said they are learning the same lesson that others have learned - that Americans do not give in to fear, but rather pull together and stand together.

Mr Obama said US airstrikes against IS targets will continue, but US troops will not have a combat role on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

The president spoke at the White House shortly after the Senate approved his plan for training and equipping Syrian rebels. The vote clears the measure for Mr Obama's signature.

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