Obama's Surprising Acknowledgement on ISIS

President says there is "no solid strategy" to fight militants in Iraq and Syria.
2:39 | 08/28/14

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A surprise revelation from the white house in the battle against the brutal terror group Isis. President Obama said some air strikes in Iraq have been effected not a solid strategy in place to fight the militants in Syria. ABC's Martha Raddatz in wash tonight. Reporter: An imminent threat to every interest we have, the group the secretary of state vows will be crushed. Yet today, president Obama's language bore no resemblance to his cabinet secretaries. U.s. Military action in Syria is not happening any time soon. Just days after authorizing U.S. Surveillance flights over Syria to identify possible Isis targets the president is now taking a step back. First of all, I want to make sure everybody's clear on what we're doing now, because it is limited. The options that I'm asking for, from the joint chiefs, focuses primarily on making sure that isil is overrunning Iraq. Reporter: No strategy for Isis. The primary focus now said the president is just protecting Americans and infrastructure in Iraq with a surprising acknowledgment that as of now, there are no concrete plans yet to take down Isis in the region. The suggestion seems to be we're about to go full scale on an elaborate strategy for defeating isil. I don't want to put the cart before the horse, we don't have a strategy yet. Reporter: It was back in January that we saw an astonishing increase in violence in Iraq, flooj Ya fallen and concerns that Isis would sweep through the north and that's exactly what happened. Mosul falling back in June. The Iraqi army collapsing. Isis is one of the richest terrorist groups. Unlike traditional Al Qaeda, it is a real army, fighting for territory, not just terror. The president's cautious language today could be an attempt to signal congress he will not launch air strikes in Syria without consultations. Martha, thank you. To the other major development overseas, Russia

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