During an Aug. 25 briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked if President Obama underestimated the Islamic State when he appeared to make a previous comparison between the group and a junior varsity basketball squad.
At the daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president has been working with his national security team "to develop military options for taking the fight to" Islamic State militants in Syria. He said the situation there was different from Somalia, where the U.S. recently launched a drone strike.
The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at the daily briefing on Tuesday that he could not confirm reports of the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff but that the administration's "thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff's family and those who worked with him."