US Considers Intensifying Airstrikes in Iraq

There have already been over 100 strikes so far, with more to come.
1:27 | 08/21/14

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Thank you, Brian. More from Martha Raddatz in Washington. Martha, we saw the president saying yesterday the united States would do whatever it takes to defeat Isis. Secretary of state John Kerry says isil must be destroyed, will be crushed. The question, how? Reporter: Well, the U.S. Will certainly not let up on those air strikes in Iraq because of the threat from Isis, in fact, options have been presented to intensify the air strikes in Iraq to help as the president has said contain Isis. There have already been close to 100 air strikes in Iraq. The administration will also seek out partners in the fight, but there is another aspect to this and that is intelligence. This changes the whole dynamic. Turning on an even more robust intelligence gathering, moving drones, surveillance aircraft into the region in greater Numbers, but what we really lack is people on the ground to gather intelligence and a broader strategy, say critics, to get to the root of the problem, George. You talk about a broader strategy. What about expanding the battlefield? Is it possible the United States will start bombing sites in Syria to try to draw in Iran and Syria against Isis? Reporter: Well, the president has always made clear if it is determined that someone or some group poses an imminent threat to the U.S., the U.S. Will act. That has been the case in Pakistan, Yemen and would not be ruled out in Syria especially given Jim Foley's murder. Okay, Martha Raddatz, thanks very much.

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