President Barack Obama spoke at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit on Sept. 26 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. He admitted that the U.S. intelligence community underestimated the threats from ISIS that have emerged from the Syrian civil war. Hit the jump for more!

He addressed some of his feelings during part of an interview with 60 Minutes that is set to be broadcast today.

The president acknowledged that the U.S. had put too much faith in the Iraqi military, and was a little late in realizing that they wouldn’t be fit to combat Islamic State militants that overran Iraqi troops in much of northern and western Iraq in mid-June.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper’s acknowledged that they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said. “Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war… they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos.”

President Obama is making vague references to al-Qaeda in Iraq, which fled Iraq toward the end of the Iraq War in 2011 and re-surfaced in Syria as ISIS, without the al-Qaeda affiliation.

See the clip of the interview below:

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