Obama says he won't allow rebels to create a Caliphate
US President Barack Obama says he is willing to consider broader use of military strikes in Iraq, and may eventually do more, to beat back the Islamic State group which seeks to control its own state.
Speaking with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Obama said he would not allow fighters to create a Caliphate and his allies in the region needed to do more to rout the group.
"We do have a strategic interest in pushing back [the Islamic State group]. We’re not going to let them create some caliphate through Syria and Iraq,
"But we can only do that if we know that we have got partners on the ground who are capable of filling the void."
Otherwise, Obama said, "We can run [the Islamic State group] off for a certain period of time, but as soon as our planes are gone, they’re coming right back in."
Read the full interview with the US President here.