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

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Dempsey 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.

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking in New York. President Barack Obama's military leadership made clear in recent days that the threat from the Islamic State militants, who murdered American journalist James Foley, cannot be fully eliminated without going after the group in Syria, as well as Iraq."This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," said Dempsey. "Can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File

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.

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