The United States and its Gulf allies continue to conduct air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants. In a separate mission, they have also targeted an al-Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was plotting attacks on America and Europe.

Lina Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, and specializes in Islamist groups and foreign policy. She tells Beverley O'Connor the global response is playing directly into the hands of the militants.

This interview orginally broadcasted on ABC News 24.