President Barack Obama speaks about Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The president will seek to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by the end of 2016.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama says the threat from al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow and spill over into other countries in the region.
Obama says the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a medium and long-term threat, and the United States must be vigilant.
He says the Sunni extremist group could amass more weapons and resources. He's warning that the insurgency could spill over into neighboring Jordan and worsen the situation in Syria.
But Obama says the U.S. can't address hotspots across the Middle East alone. He says the U.S. must pursue a focused, targeted strategy of partnering with local authorities to boost their own security.
Obama's comments came in an interview airing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."