House leader wants Obama to curb Mideast violence

June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives says terrorism has grown dramatically on President Barack Obama's watch and says it's time for him to present a plan for curbing its spread.

Speaker John Boehner says he has long called on Obama to take more action against terrorism. He says with violence spreading in places like Iraq, Syria and Libya, it seems like in his words, "the wheels are coming off" the administration's anti-terrorism efforts.

Boehner spoke to reporters shortly before Obama was scheduled to speak at the White House about his plans for Iraq. An offensive by Sunni militants there is threatening to push that country into a civil war.

Boehner also says that Obama must develop a strategy for combating terrorism in the entire Middle East, not just Iraq.