U.S. President Barack Obama meets with senior military commanders at the Pentagon to discuss the tactical plan to defeat Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with senior military commanders at the Pentagon on Thursday (August 4), to discuss the tactical plan to defeat Islamic State. Obama said on Tuesday it is in the U.S. national security interest to support Libya's emerging government's fight against Islamic State, a day after his administration said it launched air strikes there. The move marks the opening of a new front by the U.S. administration in the war against Islamic State, which, under added pressure in its Syria and Iraq strongholds, is increasingly resorting to planning attacks abroad. Obama said the air strikes were undertaken to make sure that Libyan forces were able to finish the job of fighting the radical militant group and to increase stability there. U.S. officials said that if Islamic State's growing external operations branch manages to mount a major terrorist attack in the West, "the administration may end up paying a higher price for this tactic than it would if it had decided to send the support that's needed to encircle places like Sirte and Mosul (in Iraq) without turning to other groups."