President Barack Obama called for a greater support of the Syrian opposition in the civil war against the Islamic State and urged prevention of attacks within the U.S.
During a visit of the Pentagon on Monday, Obama made a speech about intensifying the support of fighters against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. The coalition led by the U.S. has made efforts to defeat the Islamic State ever since September last year with heavy bombings. Only in the last 24 hours the coalition carried out 19 air strikes in 11 locations in Iraq’ the town of Beiji, cities of Fallujah, Kirkuk, Haditha, Ramadi, Makh-mur and Sinjar, as well as 8 locations of the Islamic State in Syria, including Hasakah, Kobane, Raqqa and Aleppo.
The President noted that prevention of attacks within the U.S. and the recruiting of ISIS followers is met with great difficulty, but he stressed the determination of not sending any additional U.S. troops overseas and that the fight against ISIS will be difficult because of very few volunteers in Syria and Iraq to be recruited and trained by U.S. forces.
According to Reuters, Obama stated that “We continue to accelerate the delivery of critical equipment, including anti-tank weapons to Iraqi security forces, and I have made it clear to my team that we will do more to train and equip the moderate opposition in Syria.”
He also made remarks of the moderate effort made by the U.S. to prevent extremism and stop the militant group recruiting individuals from the U.S. homeland. He noted that Muslim Americans are not to be singled out as possible recruits, but all other faiths and groups. According to Reuters, he said “We also have to acknowledge that ISIL has been particularly effective at reaching out to and recruiting vulnerable people around the world, including here in the United States.”
After criticism of Republicans of not having a complete strategy against the militant group and not allowing funding for military in the front lines, Barack Obama said at the Pentagon that “We are going to have to pick up our game to prevent these attacks.”
With great determination by President Obama and with support and unification of regional allies in the Middle East, the U.S. will continue to strike down the militant group’s illicit efforts and operations around the world and destroy it with help from its partners.
The fight continues in the U.S. community as well, with a great challenge of prevention of small-scale attacks on U.S. ground, despite the U.S. being successful in preventing large-scale attacks ever since the attack on September 11, 2001. Most importantly Barack Obama noted that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, but with extremists who are distorting the Islamic faith and whose victims are mostly Muslims as the most vulnerable target group.