President Barack Obama plans this week to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants.
He’ll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then delivers a speech Wednesday on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Lawmakers said in advance that they would like the U.S. president to give specifics.
His upcoming sessions with lawmakers and the speech to the nation are clearly an attempt to try to show he now has an evolving strategy in place.
“The next phase is now to start going on some offence,” Obama said in an interview with NBC.
“But this is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops,” he added in the session taped Saturday and broadcast Sunday. The operations will be “similar to the kinds of counterterrorism campaigns” the U.S. has waged in the past, Obama said. “In Syria, the boots on the ground have to be Syrian.”
At the recent NATO summit in Wales, the U.S. and nine allies agreed to take on the militants because of the threat they pose to member countries.
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