Islamic State 'not conventional warfare,' could strike in West

"It's not their sophistication or the particular weaponry they possess but it is the ideology that they carry with them and their willingness to die," he said.

Obama: Islamic State 'not conventional warfare,' could strike in West

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that the United States has not underestimated the ability of the Islamic State but has had an "acute awareness" of the group's ability to militarily strike in the West.

Because the Islamic State does not conduct "conventional warfare," he said the group was hard to stop, adding the United States was playing into the militant group's narrative when it acts as if it is a state.

"That's not what's going on here. These are killers," he said.

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