"On Wednesday I'll make a speech and describe what our game plan is going to be going forward. But this is not going to be an announcement about US ground troops. This is not the equivalent of the Iraq War," Obama told NBC's ‘Meet the Press’ in an interview.

"What this is... is similar to the kinds of counter terrorism campaigns that we've been engaging in consistently over the last six-seven years," he said.

Obama said the entire international community understands that ISIS was something that has to be dealt with.    

"So what I have done over the last several months is first and foremost make sure that we've got eyes on the problem, that we shifted resources, intelligence, reconnaissance, we did an assessment on the ground," he added.

US President said that in an important second step he ensured protection of American personnel, embassies and consulates.

"That included taking air strikes to ensure that towns like Erbil were not overrun, critical infrastructure like the Mosul Dam was protected," said US President.

Obama would meet the congressional leaders on Tuesday.

"I am going to be asking the Congress to make sure that they understand and support what our plan is. And it's going to require some resources, I suspect, above what we are currently doing," Obama said.

Arab governments agree to act against IS

Arab Foreign Ministers agreed to jointly act against extremist groups, particularly the Islamic State (IS), but did not state their possible coordination with US, a media report said.

At a meeting in Cairo Sunday, the ministers agreed to cooperate to deny the extremist group any sort of access to financial support or political concessions, said reports.

They also called on Arab states that are not yet members of "The Arab Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism" to join the effort as quickly as possible, calling for national and regional strategies against terrorism.

Reports prior to the meeting said that the Arab states would agree to coordinate with US in containing the IS, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. But the meeting fell short of clearly adopting any stance in such cooperation.

Meanwhile, Jordan Sunday said it's not part of any coalition of battling the IS.

Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said Jordan will continue to coordinate with all countries on how to face terrorism and terrorist organisations.

Earlier Saturday, US said it was building a coalition to battle the threat from the extremist group Islamic State. Speaking at the NATO summit in Wales, US President Barack Obama said a "core coalition" is formed to tackle the IS threat, and Washington would destroy the group, just as it had gone after Al Qaeda.

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