"The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant," President Obama told The New Yorker. (Video via YouTube / انصار الخلافة)
"The gunmen are believed to be members of an Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS," a CNN reporter said.
"The insurgents seized police stations, banks and government buildings," a CBS reporter said.
"We have an interest in making sure that a group like ISIL, which is a vicious organization and has been able to take advantage of the chaos in Syria, that they don't get a broader foothold," President Obama said June 13, 2014.
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet," President Obama said Aug. 28, 2014.
"Our objective is to make sure that ISIL is not an ongoing threat to the region," President Obama said Sept. 3, 2014.
"Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL," President Obama said Sept. 10, 2014.
"It's going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation. I think war is the wrong terminology," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS Sept. 11, 2014.
"The United States is at war with ISIL," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Sept. 12, 2014.
"In Iraq and Syria, American leadership — including our military power — is stopping ISIL's advance," President Obama said during his 2015 State of the Union address.
"We're on the road to success," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said March 1, 2015.
"The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told CNN May 24, 2015.
"We don't yet have a complete strategy," President Obama said June 8, 2015.
One year after the fall of Mosul, the U.S. is weighing sending more troops. Will it make a difference? (Video via U.S. Army / Sgt. Anthony Alcantar)