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Here is a word that it's often used in stories about military or foreign policy: Strategy.
For days, U.S. officials have talked about expanding airstrikes - already happening in Iraq - to Syria. It appears, however, that such action may be delayed, President Obama Thursday telling reporters he is still developing a strategy to deal with militants of the Islamic States, or ISIL.
A strategy is a plan to reach a major goal. It can relate to a military operation, a foreign policy, or even a business plan. It takes time to complete. It is not about acting quickly.
So, the next time you hear the word strategy, you will know what this News Word means.