WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East.
Obama is speaking shortly before meeting with his national security advisers to discuss options for going after the militant group. The president says he has asked the Pentagon to prepare a range of options for confronting the militants.
The U.S. is already going after militant targets inside Iraq and officials say Obama is considering taking similar action in Syria.
US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says fighter planes have conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq.
U.S. Central Command says in a brief statement that the fighters destroyed a Humvee, a tank, four armed vehicles and a construction vehicle near the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River. They also damaged an Islamic State checkpoint.
The attacks on Thursday brought to 106 the number of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq since Aug. 8.
Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.
Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian separatists. But Obama says a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in the region, quote, "is not in the cards."
But Obama is pointing to the NATO alliance as a deterrent for Russia. He says although Ukraine isn't part of NATO, other nearby nations are. He says the U.S. takes its commitment to defend NATO allies "very seriously." Obama will attend a NATO summit in Wales next week.
Obama spoke amid an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and fresh signs of Russia's involvement.
Obama touts revised economic growth numbers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is drawing attention to heartening evidence of economic growth. He says, quote, "there's reason to feel good for the direction we are heading."
He says he still wants to push Congress to take more action to move the economy along.
The government on Thursday said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter. The figures represented a reversal from the first quarter of the year when the economy shrunk at a 2.1 percent annual rate.
The economic recovery has been a difficult issue for Obama because improvements have not matched public perceptions.
Obama made his remarks to reporters as he also addressed developments in Syria and Ukraine