Obama at CIA: ISIS Core is Shrinking

In his final visit to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, President Barack Obama met with the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss the next steps in the fight against ISIS.

Thanks to coalition efforts to interrupt key supply routes between cities in Syria and Iraq, plus several successful U.S. missions taking out ISIS leaders, Obama said it’s been “a bad few months,” for ISIS who is now on the defensive.

Although the threat of ISIS still looms, Obama said “we have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum.” Obama also reiterated the U.S.’s resolve in seeing this fight through to the end by saying “we are focused, and we are going to win.”

Their depraved nature only brings the world together and strengthens global opposition to the group, Obama said of the organization also known as ISIL.

"Their barbarism only stiffens our unity and our determination to wipe this vile terrorist organization off the face of the earth," Obama said. "Today on the ground in Syria and Iraq, ISIL is on the defensive. Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, is on the offensive."

Before speaking in the main lobby of the CIA compound in Langley, Virginia, Obama met with nearly three dozen NSC officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter participated via secure video teleconference from Asia.

Obama tasked this team with finding ways to ratchet up the fight against ISIS. Defense officials said they are considering sending an additional 250 U.S. Special Operations forces to Syria to “advise rebels groups who are fighting the terror organization.”

This visit and announcement comes days before Obama is set to meet with Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia to discuss the destabilizing threat of ISIS and plotting a political path forward in Syria. Obama will also speak with London and German allies to pressure them for more cooperation sharing intelligence as it relates to the fight against ISIS.

“The ISIL core in Syria and Iraq continues to shrink. Their ranks of fighters are estimated to be at the lowest levels in about two years,” Obama said in his remarks after the meeting. “We’re sending a message: If you target Americans, you have no safe haven. We will find you.”

Posted in General News

Tags: terrorism, national security investigations, CIA, ISIS


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