President Obama says ISIL Loses in Syria and Iraq, But Shift in Tactics

Time: 11:25 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama talked on the news conference from Pentagon on Thursday about updates in the anti-Islamic State group campaign. “The decline of ISIL in Syria and Iraq appears to be causing it to shift to tactics, that we have seen before in greater emphasis on encouraging high-profile terrorist attacks, including in the United States,” Obama said.

The American and coalition response against ISIL will continue “aggressively across every front of this campaign.”

Obama last update on the anti-ISIL campaign was in June after the attack in Orlando. “In weeks after we continue to be relentless in our fight against ISIL and on the ground in Syria and Iraq continues to lose territory,” Obama said.

But, as the ISIL has no major attack in the past year in Syria and Iraq, Obama said that, “We also seen that ISIL has ability to direct and inspire attacks, so we have seen terrible bombings in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan, attacks on Istanbul’s airport, restaurant in Bangladesh, Bastille Day celebration, than church in France, music festival in Germany.”

The President promised that as always, “our military, diplomatic, homeland security and law-enforcement professionals are working around the clock with other countries and here at home to share information and prevent such attacks.”

As Obama said, “It is still difficult to prevent or to detect lone actors or small cells of terrorists who are determinant to kill innocent and are willing to die.”



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