Obama Says He ‘Anticipated’ the Rise of an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

‘It was reflected in my West Point speech’

"One of the concerns that we've had is the development of terrorist networks and organizations, separate and apart from al Qaeda, whose focus oftentimes is regional and who are combining terrorist tactics with the tactics of small armies, and we've seen ISIS to be the first one that is broken through, But we anticipated this a while back, and it was reflected in my West Point speech. So, one of our goals is to get NATO to work with us to help create the kinds of partnerships regionally that can combat not just ISIL, but these kinds of networks as they arise and potentially destabilize allies and partners of ours in the region."

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