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Obama to speak Wednesday on US strategy against ISIS

President Obama spoke with NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday about the U.S.'s strategy for engaging ISIS.
President Obama spoke with NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday about the U.S.'s strategy for engaging ISIS.
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Citing a broad threat posed by ISIS, who now calls itself the Islamic State, President Obama said Sunday that he'll deliver a national address Wednesday to discuss the U.S. approach to fighting the group that has beheaded two American journalists this summer.

"This is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops," Obama tells Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. "This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war. What this is, is similar to the kinds of counter-terrorist campaigns that we've been engaging in consistently over the last five, six, seven years."

You can watch the full interview here: 

Obama stressed that U.S. agencies "have not seen any immediate intelligence about threats to the homeland" from the group. He also said the U.S. has built an international coalition to help deal with the extremist group.

The U.S. approach will include airstrikes and strategic advice in Iraq, Obama said, adding that the plan also has economic and political components.

"What I want people to understand though," the president said, "is that over the course of months, we are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of ISIL – we are going to systematically degrade their capabilities, we're going to shrink the territory that they control, and ultimately we are going to defeat them."

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