The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist group is on the defensive and “their cause is lost,” US President Barack Obama said Wednesday after meeting with CIA chiefs and other security officials.

Obama paid a rare visit to CIA headquarters in Virginia to discuss progress of ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’, the 20-month-old U.S.-led failed campaign in Iraq and Syria.

“ISIL is on the defensive, and we are on the offensive,” Obama said. “We have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum.”

Obama pointed to alleged US air strikes that killed three senior ISIL leaders and a report this week showing the group’s ranks are at their lowest level since 2014.

“In the days and weeks ahead we intend to take out more (leaders.) Every day, ISIL leaders wake up and understand it could be their last,” Obama said.

“Their ranks of fighters are estimated to be at the lowest levels in two years and more and more are realizing that their cause is lost,” he added.

Obama stressed the importance of ending the five-year war in Syria as key to facilitating a lasting defeat of the ISIL terrorist group.

“So we continue to work for a diplomatic end to this awful conflict,” he said.

 

AFP

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Joe Pelosi
Joe Pelosi
2016-04-14 12:05

Not true. Is he taking into account the terrorist Network cells that they have across Europe?

Polacek Adam
Polacek Adam
2016-04-14 12:52

@leithfadel The Greatest ISIS emir, Bobama.

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Unknown
2016-04-14 14:16

Really? Why don’t you remove all sanctions off Syria if you are against Daash?

andy
andy
2016-04-17 13:48
Reply to  Unknown

Good question,and also need to ask him,IF THIS SAME TERRORIST KILL YOUR DAUGHTER HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ? right now each family of syria suffering with that feeling

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SeanInNyc
2016-04-14 15:58

He has a lot of gall to say “we”. While IS would have never been stopped if the US did not have total air supremacy in Iraq and Syria, the heavy lifting is being done by loads of others.

Zuzana
Zuzana
2016-04-14 18:47

why do you mention this moronic person?

andy
andy
2016-04-17 13:51
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because he is the PRESIDENT OF f*****g SUPPER POWER

andy
andy
2016-04-17 13:41

Dear Killer Obama,your job is over with your bellowed ISIS ?

Slipped Disc
Slipped Disc
2016-04-17 21:45

If he says so.