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Obama and Hollande Willing to Work With Russia, Iran Against ISIS

Obama and Hollande talk in the Oval Office on Tuesday. (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande made clear on Tuesday they are playing the long game against the Islamic State even in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, even inviting help from two unlikely countries.  

The two leaders appeared more aligned on how to move forward against the violent extremist group than experts and lawmakers had predicted in the days leading up to their Oval Office meeting. Hollande quashed any notion of French ground troops heading to Syria, and Obama left the door open to working with Russia.

Democrats to Obama: Don't Trust Putin on ISIS

Obama and Putin exchanged a much-analyzed handshake in September at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Several House Democrats want President Barack Obama to reject Moscow’s overtures on fighting ISIS, arguing Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted.  

But whether to work more closely with Russia on striking Islamic State targets in Syria is among the most pressing issues that experts expect to top the agenda Tuesday when Obama huddles at the White House with French French President Francois Hollande.  

Hollande Meets With Obama: 4 Things to Watch

Obama and Hollande met on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in June in Germany. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

French President Francois Hollande will find a reluctant partner in President Barack Obama when the two leaders meet Tuesday at the White House.  

Lawmakers and experts expect Hollande will ask Obama, commander in chief of the massive U.S. security apparatus, to take new action against the Islamic State extremist group after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. But Obama has pledged to provide "whatever resources" France needs and defensively signaled he is not inclined to alter his strategy against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL Hollande is due to huddle with Obama Tuesday to discuss how to respond to the Paris attacks. The French leader will not stay overnight, instead flying to Moscow for a similar meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.