‘Their Military Defeat Will Not Be Enough’: Obama Discusses Efforts To Counter ISIS

Aug 4, 2016

By Merrit Kennedy

“ISIL has not had a major successful offensive operation in either Syria or Iraq in a full year,” President Obama said Thursday in comments assessing U.S. efforts against the extremist group.

Two years ago, “to many observers, ISIL looked invincible,” he said. But now: “ISIL turns out not to be invincible. They’re, in fact, inevitably going to be defeated.”

Still, Obama said, “their military defeat will not be enough. … That’s why we’re working to counter violent extremism more broadly, including the social, economic and political factors that help fuel groups like ISIL and al-Qaida in the first place.”

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