In a recent interview, President Barack Obama partly blamed the invasion of Iraq for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Middle East, calling the formation of Islamic State group, sometimes called ISIS, an “unintended consequence” of the invasion.
Last year, Islamic State began its campaign in Middle Eastern nations, terrorizing and murdering many in its path to power. The group later declared a "caliphate," or an Islamic state run by one leader with what the group says is a successor to the Prophet Muhammad.
The group has become notorious for its mass beheadings, which have been filmed and broadcast on the Internet, its kidnapping and raping of women who have been sold into sexual slavery, and its burning of captives alive.
In the interview with Vice News, Obama seemed to blame the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, during the George W. Bush administration, for the creation of the Islamic State.
“Two things: one is, ISIS is a direct outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion," he said. "Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”
The president remained confident in the mission to remove Islamic State from Iraq, despite reports that indicate the U.S. and its allies may be losing the battle.
“We’ve got a 60-country coalition. We will slowly push back ISIS out of Iraq. I’m confident that will happen,” the president said.
Last fall, the Obama administration began attacking Islamic State with the assistance of other nations, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Turkey, as well as traditional allies, Canada and the U.K.
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