The dreaded Islamic State terror group is now on the defensive in Syria and Iraq, President Barack Obama said today reiterating that the US and its allies are focused on dismantling and destroying the IS network.
“Today, on the ground in Syria and in Iraq, IS is on the defensive. Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, is on the offensive. We have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum,” Obama said after his meeting with top national security team at CIA headquarters.
Obama said the recent terrorist attacks from Brussels to Istanbul to Iraq, where IS slaughtered children watching football have shown that these depraved terrorists still have the ability to inflict horrific violence on the innocent, to the revulsion of the entire world.
“With attacks likes these, IS hopes to weaken our collective resolve. Once again, they have failed. Their barbarism only stiffens our unity and determination to wipe this vile terrorist organisation off the face of the Earth.
“Our air campaign — more than 11,500 strikes so far — continues to pound IS targets. It’s harder than ever for them to move and for them to mass forces. When they try, we take them out. IS still has managed to advance in some areas of Syria and Iraq, but it has not had a single successful major offensive operation on the ground there since last summer. So it’s been nearly a year since they were able to mount a major successful offensive operation,” he said.
The US and its allies continue to take out their leaders, their commanders and those plotting terrorist attacks.