WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has asked officials to prepare a range of US military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed.

At a news conference, Obama cautioned against speculation that he was on the brink of a decision to expand air strikes against Islamic State beyond targets already being hit in Iraq by US aerial attacks.

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"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are."