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June 16th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Pentagon: Sudden rise of ISIS is not an intelligence failure

(CNN) – Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are in the midst of a fast-moving offensive that has already captured vast swaths of northern Iraq.

The swift gains seem to indicate that the U.S. was not quite there when it came to intelligence, but Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby denies that is the case.

"We've been watching their growth and development for some time now. (This is) absolutely not an intelligence failure, we've been constantly monitoring the situation in Iraq," said Kirby.

"Yes, they moved pretty quick. Yes, we were surprised and disappointed at how some of the Iraqi security forces failed to meet those threats up in the north. But it's not something we haven't been watching," said Kirby.

For more of our interview with Rear Adm. John Kirby, check out the video above.

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