ISIS is on the defensive after a “bad few months,” President Barack Obama claimed Wednesday during a rare trip to CIA headquarters outside Washington. He said the “depraved” nature of the organization, also known as ISIL, only brings the world together and strengthens opposition to the group.
“Their barbarism only stiffens our unity and our determination to wipe this vile terrorist organization off the face of the earth,” Obama said. “Today on the ground in Syria and Iraq, ISIL is on the defensive. Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, is on the offensive.” He added, “We have momentum and we intend to keep that momentum.”
Obama cited coalition efforts to interrupt key supply routes between cities in Syria and Iraq as examples of forward progress. He also noted successful U.S. missions to take out ISIS leaders, which he said would continue in the coming months.