WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the threat from al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow and spill over into other countries in the region.
Obama says the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a medium and long-term threat, and the United States must be vigilant.
He says the Sunni extremist group could amass more weapons and resources. He's warning that the insurgency could spill over into neighboring Jordan and worsen the situation in Syria.
But Obama says the U.S. can't address hotspots across the Middle East alone. He says the U.S. must pursue a focused, targeted strategy of partnering with local authorities to boost their own security.
Obama's comments came in an interview airing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."