09/05/2014 12:29 pm ET Updated Sep 05, 2014

Obama: 'We Will Not Be Placing U.S. Ground Troops' In Syria

President Barack Obama spoke Friday about the U.S.'s approach to the ongoing threat from the Islamic State, making clear the U.S.'s plan to deal with the militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL would not include putting troops on the ground in Syria.

"We will not be placing U.S. ground troops to try to control the areas that are part of the conflict in Syria," Obama said.

"We are going to have to find effective partners on the ground to push back against ISIL," he continued.

Obama seemed confident in the U.S.'s ability to confront the Islamic State "the same way we have gone after al Qaeda."

"We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL," Obama said in remarks given after a two-day NATO summit in Wales.

Obama said "you can't contain an organization" like the Islamic State.

"The goal has to be to dismantle it," Obama said.

Obama received criticism in late August when he said "we don't have a strategy yet" on dealing with the Islamic State.

This post has been updated.


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