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Senate seeks to unblock path for war on Islamic State

A look at the Middle East issues Congress will address the week of March 9.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) (L), along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R), speaks at a news conference after the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 3, 2015. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the Iran Nuclear Review Act, which was introduced by Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the panel, to require Obama to

WASHINGTON — The new Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman faces one of his greatest challenges yet next week as he tries to build support for a White House war authorization that no one seems to like.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has organized a star-studded hearing for March 11 on the "military and diplomatic efforts" to defeat the Islamic State. Slated to testify: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey.

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