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ABC’s Raddatz to White House Chief of Staff: Are We at War with ISIS or Not?

This Week’s Martha Raddatz asked White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Sunday morning whether or not the U.S. was actually “at war” with ISIS/L, given some crosstalk from administration and military spokespeople over the proper terminology.

“The administration seems to be a bit confused as to what to call this action,” Raddatz said, playing a series of clips from Secretary of State John Kerry, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby in which the various spokesmen appeared to be at odds over what to call the U.S. military operations against the Sunni militants. “Sounds like some talking points there,” she said.

“This isn’t talking points,” McDonough replied. “Just as we have been at war with al Qaeda since the day we got here, we are at war with ISIL. What does that mean? That means that we are going to use our unique capabilities in support of others on the ground. Other Sunnis. In Iraq we’re going to be supporting Iraqi security forces. And in Syria we’re going to be supporting with air power the Syrian opposition on the ground.”

Watch the clip below, via ABC News:

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