U.S. President Barack Obama convened Friday his National Security Council to review progress in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL and efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.
According to a White House communiqué, the President’s team highlighted the continued prosecution, together with U.S. global partners, of an aggressive campaign against ISIL that includes military, intelligence, law enforcement, and diplomatic efforts.
The President emphasized that preventing attacks on the United States and countering terrorist threats from ISIL and al-Qa’ida in Syria remains the top priority.
He also was updated on Coalition efforts to apply simultaneous pressure against ISIL across Syria and Iraq.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a militant organization.
With a strong force of over 70,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State called the Caliphate. It is believed that now ISIS has a presence in nearly 30 countries of the world.
Additionally, Obama’s team apprised him of ongoing discussions with allies and partners about the violence in western Syria and the Asad regime’s “brutal campaign against its own people.”
Although the United States suspended bilateral channels with Russia in pursuit of a cessation of hostilities, the President directed his team to continue multilateral discussions with key nations with a vested interest in the region to encourage a diplomatic resolution to the civil war.