Obama Sees No Change In Strategy Fighting Islamic State
“The Islamic State group’s ferocious attack on Paris will be met with “intensification” of the U.S.-led fight against the terror group, President Obama said Monday, but it will not fundamentally alter his strategy nor his reluctance to put more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria,” USA Today reports.
Said Obama: “We have the right strategy and we’re seeing it through. There will be an intensification of the strategy we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. But as I said from the start, it is going to take time.”
“Friday’s violence, which left at least 129 people dead, has raised new questions about the future of the military campaign against the Islamic States, also known as ISIL or ISIS. For now, the Pentagon has made no significant changes to its ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria, where daily airstrikes are targeting territory controlled by the group, but the size of the U.S. ground force remains small. There have been no new deployments of personnel or weaponry into the region during the past several days, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.”