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No strategy to hit IS terrorists, Obama said

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President Obama says diplomacy and other nations will have to part of plan to defeat IS terrorists.(Source: CBS) President Obama says diplomacy and other nations will have to part of plan to defeat IS terrorists.(Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that there is no plan to right now to hit Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet, I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are. And I think that's not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well," he said.

More than 100 U.S. airstrikes have hit IS weapons and convoys in northern Iraq. But the president said defeating the militants there is not enough. Obama will soon send Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to build support for further action.

"We can rout ISIS on the ground and keep a lid on things temporarily. But then as soon as we leave, the same problems come back again. So we've got to, we've got to make sure that Iraqis understand in the end they're going to be responsible for their own security. And part of that is going to be the capacity for them to make compromises. It also means that states in the region stop being ambivalent about these extremist groups," Obama said.

For now, the president said airstrikes in Iraq will remain limited with moderate risk to U.S. forces. If he decides to expand the air war into Syria, the president said he will consult with but not necessarily seek legal authority from Congress.

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