Obama: U.S. intelligence underestimated militants in Syria – CBS

Obama speaks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become “ground zero” for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday. Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview taped on Friday, days after the U.S. president made his case at the United Nations for action. Citing earlier comments by James Clapper, director of national intelligence, Obama acknowledged that U.S. …

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