The United States is at war with the terror group Islamic State, “in the same way we’re at war and continue to be at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates,” Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
It is a different type of war than Americans have seen, he noted. “There’s not going to be a purely military solution to the threat that IS poses in the region, specifically inside Iraq,” the admiral said. “There’s not going to be a military solution here.”
Still, there is a large military component to the war and the United States will lead in efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy the group.
U.S. military have launched about 160 air strikes against IS targets inside Iraq.
President barack Obama has vowed to continue the fight against the Islamic militants inside Syria.