“We have momentum and we intend to keep that momentum,”
Obama told reporters after meeting with his national security advisers at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The campaign has cut supply lines and financing for the group and shrunk its territory. But Obama said more work needed to be done to help communities recover.
“We will continue to assist Iraq and so must the entire world as it works to stabilize liberated areas and promote governance and development that is inclusive of all Iraqi communities,”
He noted an “uptick” in ISIS fighters heading to Libya and pledged to help the country’s “new and nascent” government.
There have been more than 11,500 air strikes so far against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the coalition has killed or captured several key leaders in the group.
“In the days and weeks ahead, we intend to take out more,”