Joint Chiefs Chair: Military Will Act Against Islamic State If Group Threatens U.S. or Europe

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (TheBlaze/AP) — Gen. Martin Dempsey said he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the Islamic State in Syria if he determines the group has become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (Image source: AP//Kathy Willens, File)

But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he still believes the insurgent group is more a regional threat and is not plotting or planning attacks against either the U.S. or Europe.

Dempsey says he believes that key allies in the region — including Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — will join the U.S. in helping to quash the Islamic State group.

So far the Obama administration has restricted its military action against the militants to specific operations within Iraq.