President Obama Leads Rare Strategy Session on Terrorism

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
President Barack Obama addresses the country on the terrorism threat from the Oval Office on Dec. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama met with his national security team at the Pentagon Monday and then looked to ease fears of domestic terrorism during the holidays in a press conference.

The president assured the public that the U.S.-led coalition is hitting ISIS, or the Islamic State, "harder than ever" and will continue with this strategy and a "a great sense of urgency," ABC News reports.


"As we squeeze its heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to sell its propaganda to the world," Obama said, using an alternative name for ISIS, ABC News reports.

Obama sought to ease public fears about both foreign and domestic terrorism by assuring the public that his administration is continually reassessing its strategy. "ISIL leaders cannot hide, and our message to them is 'You are next,' " Obama said.

According to ABC, it's rare for the president to take a trip to the Pentagon to chair a National Security Council meeting, but Obama wanted to discuss "ways to enhance the U.S.-led coalition's campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS."

His last meeting was July 6 after his administration was widely criticized for publicly admitting that it did not have a strategy for defeating ISIS. Obama would later outline a step-by-step strategy that he believed would win out over time, ABC News reports.


Obama is expected to visit the National Counterterrorism Center later this week to learn more about its efforts to track terrorism, the news station reports.

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