Peter King: Obama Must Be 'Very, Very Aggressive' Against ISIS

Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 09:41 AM

By Greg Richter

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The United States will protect its Baghdad embassy and the Americans working there, says Rep. Peter King, even if that means sending additional assets and troops to get the job done.

President Barack Obama has pledged up to 300 American military advisers to Iraq in wake of the recent takeover of several Iraqi cities by the terror group ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

King, a New York Republican, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday he believes Obama will go through Congress before sending more help to Iraq. Obama did not get congressional approval for his previous actions.

King said Obama should be "very, very aggressive" against ISIS. The group also has taken over territory in eastern Syria, where it is allied with anti-government forces in that country's ongoing civil war. ISIS says it wants to set up an Islamic caliphate in the region based on its own strict interpretation of sharia law.

A big fear for the west is that ISIS has 2,000 fighters with Western passports, including 100-plus Americans, who could be trained in terrorism then return to Europe and the United States to hit targets.

"All we have to do is miss one or two of them, and we can have a very, very lethal attack here in the U.S." King told ABC.

The United States is working with foreign airports to increase security of flights coming into America, he said.

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