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Obama Connects ISIL, Terror Threats at Home

Obama Connects ISIL, Terror Threats at Homei
Michael Bowman
June 29, 2014 9:47 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says terrorist-fueled militancy in Iraq and Syria is boosting an already-omnipresent threat to America’s security at home. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
Michael Bowman

U.S. President Barack Obama says terrorist-fueled militancy in Iraq and Syria is boosting an already-omnipresent threat to America’s security at home.

Iraq’s beleaguered military launched an offensive against Sunni extremists in the northern city of Tikrit, as a shipment of Russian military jets arrived in the country that could give the armed forces a tactical edge going forward.

While the bloody sectarian conflict rages on, President Obama said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is attracting radicalized militants in both Iraq and Syria who could pose a threat to the United States.

“They are gaining strength in some places.  We have seen Europeans who are sympathetic to their cause traveling into Syria, and now may travel into Iraq, getting battle-hardened.  Then, they come back.  They have got European passports.  They do not need a visa to get into the United States,” said Obama, speaking on ABC This Week program.

The situation calls for preemptive measures, according to Republican Congressman Peter King.

“[Obama] should be very aggressive on this.  Syria is our biggest threat right now, because not only are there thousands of Europeans who have visas to enter the United States, going to Syria, there are also at least 100 or so Americans who are over there in Syria right now.  So, any of these people can go back to the United States and carry out the type of attack that they are being trained in, in Syria,” said King.

The United States stands ready to act, according to President Obama.

“We are spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure that we are improving intelligence so we can respond to that [threat]. We have to improve our surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence there. Special forces are going to have a role [to play], and there are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm,” said Obama.

Heightened security measures are expected to be on display later this week during the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

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by: cyrax from: Nigeria
June 30, 2014 6:41 AM
@meanbill. The US is a superpower, I'm sure you guys can handle it. since you guys are always strong INTERFERE you should be able to defend imminent attacks.
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by: meanbill from: USA
June 30, 2014 1:39 PM
Hey Cyrax -- The US and NATO countries have the greatest military forces in the history of the world, (and have been involved in more armed conflicts than any country in the world since WW2), and they haven't "won" one single war they started, or they participated in....

CRAZY isn't it? -- With the greatest military forces in the history of the world, you'd think, they could at least defeat a few thousand guys riding donkeys, wearing nightshirts, gym shoes and sandals in Afghanistan, wouldn't you?...... (what good is it, to have the greatest military forces in the history of the world, if you can't defeat countries like, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

by: meanbill from: USA
June 29, 2014 7:53 PM
MY PERSONAL OPINION -- This US President made a lot of worthless promises to the America people, (like these "quote" statements), "Qaddafi is dead, and the world is a safer place" (and) "Bin Laden is dead, and the world is a safer place" (and the craziest one of all) "Al-Qaeda a on the run, and it's leadership has been decimated" and he hasn't a clue on what he's talking about?

WOULD somebody please, tell this US President that Al-Qaeda is running through the Middle East, Asia, Africa, North Africa, and heading to Europe, and then the Americas, and the world isn't a safer place, ever since the US and NATO countries interfered in the politics of the Islamic countries, bringing violence, killings, destruction and wars to them, that continue to this day?.... IF ONLY the US and NATO countries hadn't interfered?

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