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Watch live at 8:45 p.m. ET: Special report on Obama's IS speech

Tune in at 8:45 p.m. ET for live coverage of President Obama’s speech to lay out his plan for “degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group” known as the Islamic State, anchored by Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and featuring Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, National Political Columnist Matt Bai and Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. The president’s legacy-defining address will begin at 9 p.m. ET and is expected to run about 15 minutes.

Obama is expected to deliver a progress report of sorts on the more than  150 U.S. airstrikes against IS — which has left a trail of carnage as it pushed out of Syria and across Iraq — since early August, a campaign that has checked the group’s fearsome advance into Kurdish territory and toward Baghdad. 

He will also detail his efforts to rally a coalition of Western and Muslim nations behind military action against IS, as well as his proposals for shoring up Syrian rebels from factions less extreme than IS but as dedicated to strongman Bashar Assad’s ouster.

The escalation puts the president elected to pull America from its painful overseas military entanglements, notably the Iraq War, in the position of plunging the United States into a new Middle East conflict that could outlast his presidency and cost untold amounts of American blood and treasure.

Obama to brace U.S. for mounting Islamic State conflict

Exactly one year ago, President Obama delivered a prime-time speech to defend his Syria policy. The president will now stride to the same spot in the White House to deliver another 15-minute speech, this time bracing Americans for the escalating conflict with Islamic State militants. 

Obama is expected to announce that he is poised to escalate America’s campaign against brutal guerrillas from IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) in Iraq, and may strike the group’s strongholds in Syria.

The photographer who captured the selfie at the Mandela memorial says the press is creating something that wasn’t there. “Photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.” http://yhoo.it/1gpk0Gk