Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

June 22, 2014 12:09 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama warned Sunday.

The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq's government, but the group still represents a medium and long-term threat to the United States, Obama said.

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