Rep. Peter King calls on Obama to take strong action against Islamic State group

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Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) called on President Barack Obama Sunday morning to take stronger action against the terrorist group ISIS, including ordering airstrikes in Syria.

King appeared on the CBS news program, "Face the Nation," with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) to discuss recent threats by the Islamic State group also known as ISIS, to Great Britain as well as the tension between Russia and Ukraine.

In responding to statements from British Prime Minister David Cameron about ISIS, King said the terrorist group poses as much of a threat to the United States as it does to Europe.

He criticized Obama for his response to ISIS and for not ordering airstrikes on Syria last year when there was unilateral support from allies to take action against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Thursday, Obama said he did not yet have a public strategy for dealing with the Islamic State group, a remark that brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

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"I don't know what President Obama is waiting for," King said. "The longer we wait, the stronger Syria becomes, the more people are massacred and the greater the threat grows in the U.S."

Smith responded that the United States should not take sides in the Syrian civil war. He said there was no evidence that ISIS was plotting against the United States, as al-Qaida had before and after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

King said terrorist groups linked to ISIS had already attempted attacks in the United States, including targeting Fort Knox in 2012. He said al-Qaida didn't need to be provoked to attack the United States, and ISIS could attack without note.

On the tension between Russia and Ukraine, King said the United States should impose stronger sanctions on President Vladimir Putin before his invasion spreads to the Baltics, Poland or the Czech Republic. He suggested supplying weapons to Ukrainian forces to defend themselves.

"We need to let Putin know there's price for his actions," King said.

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