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    Obama Ramps Up Strategy in Fight Against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Jan. 29, 2016.
    President Barack Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Jan. 29, 2016.
    Mary Alice Salinas

    President Barack Obama met with his defense chief at the White House on Friday as the White House ramps up its strategy to defeat Islamic State and the group’s attempts to expand beyond Iraq and Syria into Libya.
     
    The president met with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter after directing his security team to “intensify those elements of our strategy that are showing progress,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.  That includes the use of U.S. special expeditionary forces to carry out raids, free hostages, capture IS leaders and gather intelligence.
     
     “We need to accelerate the defeat of ISIL [Islamic State],” said Carter during an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) on Friday.  The Pentagon has said IS fighters have moved into Libya to train and recruit fighters and warned they may be plotting to capture large swaths of territory, as they did in Syria and Iraq.
     
    The U.S. has sent some of its forces into Libya to assess what is happening on the ground and is open to sending more personnel.
     
    During the NPR interview, Carter said Obama is willing to consider proposals to do more to combat Islamic State.
     
    “He has granted every proposal we’ve asked him,” said Carter.  “And do I expect more in the future? Yes. We’re looking for opportunities to do more.”
     
    Earnest said the White House had no announcement to make on Friday regarding the possible deployment of additional expeditionary forces into Iraq, Syria or Libya.
     
    However, he added, the White House is “mindful” of the Islamic State strategy to establish a foothold in areas where there is chaos, such as in Libya.  There is much “turmoil and violence,” and Libya is “struggling to put together a central government,” said the White House spokesman.
     
    The U.S. supports a U.N.-backed plan to build a united Libyan government.  But power struggles and regional rivalries are threatening the effort.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 30, 2016 12:15 PM
    Remember when the US was honest and trustworthy and you could always trust what they said, but now under Obama nothing he says can be considered honest and trustworthy? .. Obama has done nothing at all of any importance in defeating any of the terrorist groups (even the smallest groups) anywhere in the world in his 7 years as president so far, [but now], he promises to ramp up (what he hasn't done so far) the fight against the terrorist groups? .. The terrorists have become an undefeated world power under his watch? .. And only the naïve and ignorant will believe this Obama propaganda now? .. Like John Wayne always said; "That'll be the day."

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 30, 2016 8:36 AM
    Lets review what the Obama 2009 anti-terrorist plan strategy has accomplished so far since he became president? .. [7 years later?] .. The terrorist groups worldwide (even the smallest) are undefeated and have become a real world power, (while the US quit wars against the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan), while the terrorists have created a real standing army, that's now conquered more territory in Syria and Iraq than the whole country of Syria, [and in real time], the terrorists and their supporters are attacking people and countries everywhere in the world with impunity, [and now], the terrorists are on the verge of becoming a real super power that no countries will be able to defeat if not checked, [but now], Obama is going to ramp up his failed anti-terrorist plan strategy to combat the terrorist gains?

    Strange isn't it? .. Obama never talks about his anti-terrorist plan strategy to defeat the terrorists or win the war against them, isn't it? .. What has Obama accomplished fighting the terrorists in his 7 years as US president so far? .. Did you say NOTHING? .. And what will Obama accomplish fighting the terrorists after ramping up his anti-terrorist strategy now? .. Did you say NOTHING again? .. could he have done worse?

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