September 11th, 2014
11:24 PM ET

Kerry says U.S. not at war with ISIS: "I'm not sure what the definition of war would be then," Sen. Manchin says

The United States is hunting for ISIS targets in Syria.

The U.S. is now flying its first surveillance flights over Syria. There are nearly 500 more Americans troops en route to Iraq, bringing the president's total to 1700. And the U.S. has already conducted 154 strikes in Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's strategy includes "many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war."

"What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation," Kerry told CNN's Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "It's going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it's a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts."

OutFront, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, he's a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. John30303

    Why should this be any different, we haven't been at war since 1945.
    Why is it so horrible when our opponents kill individuals but not when we kill households, and bridal parties???

    September 12, 2014 at 7:05 am | Reply
  2. Susan Tracey

    Seriously, what the heck are Obama and his administratin thinking? If this isn't war, what is? Isis are evil and we need to defeat them or they will destroy us!!!! Wake up America, we have many enemies in the world who hate us!

    September 12, 2014 at 1:40 am | Reply

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