Obama: ‘too early’ to say if U.S. is beating ISIS
The U.S. President says he would work with Congress on new authorization for action against ISIS
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday it was too early to say whether a U.S.-led military coalition is winning against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“I think it's too early to say whether we are winning because as I said at the outset of the ISIL campaign, this is going to be a long-term plan,” he said, warning of a lengthy campaign ahead.
He said he wants to work with the Republican-dominated Congress on a new authorization to use military force against the militant group.
He said the world needs to know the United States is united behind the effort, adding that the U.S. military members deserve their government's clear support.
Previously, the White House has cited Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on terrorists responsible for Sept. 11 as legal grounds for its airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.
The Obama administration has also cited the invitation from Iraq's leader for the U.S. to strike ISIS targets there, the Associated Press reported.
Passing a new authorization would mark a new chapter for U.S. military engagement in the Middle East.
Obama spoke the day after midterm elections, in which his party suffered heavy losses and Republicans seized the Senate.
- Hungary intercepts Dutch girl, 16, on way to join ISIS
- Obama: core principles the same after Republicans' wins
- 1800GMT: France: Anti-ISIS coalition must turn attention to Aleppo
- Old Navy port trying to keep Muslim youth from war
- PANORAMA: How to protect children being abused by ISIS?
- British troops to ‘train’ Iraqi forces for ISIS war
- Canada fighter jets strike ISIS heavy vehicles in Iraq
- Social media did not create ISIS, nor did it spark revolutions
- Norway expects ISIS-inspired attack within coming year
- ISIS warns female fighters face forced marriage