WASHINGTON (NBC) – President Obama announced that U.S. officials are working to organize a regional response to Islamic militants.
On Thursday, the president announced Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Middle East to work to organize that response.
“This cancer that has developed is one that they have to be just as invested in, in defeating as we are, ” Obama said.
The announcement comes after ISIS claimed it has executed at least 250 Syrian soldiers on Wednesday.
It also claimed to have killed 600 government soldiers in the fight for the Al Tabqa Air Base since Aug. 19.
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said when asked about possible air strikes in Syria.
He also addressed the situation in Ukraine, as officials said Russian troops crossed the border to help pro-Russian separatists.
The president says he will meet with Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko.
He also said additional sanctions will likely be put into place if Russia does not change its behavior.