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U.S. drones have been flying over Iraq and near the Syrian border to gather intelligence on Islamic State terrorists. (Source: CNN) U.S. drones have been flying over Iraq and near the Syrian border to gather intelligence on Islamic State terrorists. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - There is new information about U.S. planning for possible airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria.

From President Barack Obama comes a threat and a promise.

“Justice will be done. We have proved, time and time again, we will do what's necessary to capture those who harm Americans. We'll continue to take direct action where needed to protect our people. And to defend our homeland,” Obama said.

But as the U.S. prepares to potential militarily confront IS, the Pentagon will say little about the reconnaissance flights Obama authorized over Syria.

“I am not going to talk about intelligence matters,” said Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary.

An administration official tells CNN that drones have flown over Iraq near the border with Syria to pick up whatever intelligence they can about IS troops, convoys, weapons and training camps just inside Syria.

That includes anything on targets that could be hit to disrupt their brutal campaign of murder and intimidation.

U.S. satellites have already gathered some information, and IS communications are also being monitored.

But now the U.S. needs to get real time intelligence. It will be tough.

The type of drone being used, sources say, is a global hawk that flies at 60,000 feet and is specially equipped to gather targeting information on fixed and mobile targets, exactly the type of information on IS the U.S. wants.

The U.S. will not acknowledge if drones have penetrated Syrian airspace, a move that would violate Syria's sovereignty, U.S. officials say.

But once the intelligence is in hand, would U.S. bombers have to cross into Syria to strike? Perhaps. One option: B-1 bombers flying at a high altitude, dropping precision bombs.

But many say airstrikes alone will not defeat IS.

“These isolated military actions can only result in more difficulty. The president needs to put together his national security team with the department of defense and put together a plan,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-OH.

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