Obama says US underestimated the rise of ISIS

September 28, 2014 7:25 PM

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Obama says US underestimated the rise of ISIS

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview due to be broadcast on Sunday night that the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group while placing too much trust in the Iraqi military, allowing the region to become "ground zero for jihadists around the world."

In some of his most candid public remarks on the subject, Obama says in the interview with the CBS News program "60 Minutes" that it was "absolutely true" that the United States had erred in its assessments of both the Islamic State and the Iraqi military.

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