In a wide range-interview with the CBS “60 minutes” the US President admitted that they underestimated the growing number of Islamic group which now became a threat to Iraq.
According to US President Barack Obama after being squashed in Iraq, the Islamic militants went underground and regrouped in Syrian civil war.
“During the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos,” Obama said.
Obama called the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and other terror groups a more ‘immediate concern that has been dealt with.
President Barack Obama said U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are an example of the country leading a coalition to aid an ally, not a direct confrontation with Islamic State militants.
President Obama went on to reiterate that the U.S. is not at war.
“This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country with whom we have a security partnership with, to make sure that they are able to take care of their business,” he said.
“On the other hand, in terms of immediate threats to the United States, ISIL, Khorasan Group – those folks could kill Americans,” he said.
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has taken control of large sections of Iraq and Syria. The Khorasan Group is a cell militants that the Us.S. says is plotting attacks against the West in cooperation with the Nusra front, Syria’s Al Qaeda affiliate.
Both groups have been targeted by U.S. airstikes in recent days; together they constitute the most significant military opposition to Assad. Obama said his first priority is degrading the extremists who are threatening Iraq and the West. To deafeat them, he acknowledged, would require a competent local ground force, something no analyst predicts will surface any time soon in Syria, despite U.S. plans to arm and train “moderate” rebels.
Right now, we’ve got a campaign plan that has strong chance for success in Iraq,” the president said. (SHERYMAE P. SESO, LNU Intern)