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President Obama said there is no set strategy to tackle IS terrorists or put U.S. troops on the ground in eastern Europe in Ukraine. (Source: CNN) President Obama said there is no set strategy to tackle IS terrorists or put U.S. troops on the ground in eastern Europe in Ukraine. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) -  President Barack Obama says his administration is yet to come up with a strategy to deal with the growing threat posed by Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

He made the announcement as he addressed the latest on several of his key foreign policy issues.

Obama quickly moved past the positive uptick in the nation's economy to address dangerous escalation in two major world crisis.

The commander in chief told the nation that his administration is yet to form a military strategy to deal with IS.

The Islamic extremist group - sometimes called ISIL - is terrorizing parts of Syria and Iraq.

“Rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy but I am confident that we can and will working closely with our allies and our partners,” Obama said.

The president is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the region to promote the formation of a regional anti-IS coalition.

He stopped short of saying if he'd launch more airstrikes against IS without Congress on board.

IS will be a topic of discussion at next week's NATO summit in the UK, so will Russia.

New satellite images surfaced showing an apparent incursion by Russian troops in Ukraine.

The president says there are ways to expand sanctions against Moscow but ruled out sending in troops.

“It is not in the cards for us to see a military confrontation between Russia and the United States in this region,” Obama said.

The president then returned to the podium to talk about what he calls the nation's broken immigration system.

He maintains Congress needs to act before he does.

“In the absence of congressional action, I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better,” Obama said.

It's a balancing act for the president, and his list of foreign policy issues is only growing.

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