President Obama says the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria remains difficult, but is confident progress will be made. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama met with senior defense officials at the Pentagon, Wednesday (October 8) to discuss the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. "It remains a difficult mission. As I've indicated from the start, this is not something that is going to be solved overnight," Obama said. The United States has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September. Arab states have joined both campaigns, while other Western countries are participating in Iraq but not Syria. "We're confident that we will be able to continue to make progress in partnership with the Iraqi government," the president added.