US will prevail in fight against IS

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama directed his national security team to press the U.S.-led international campaign to destroy ISIS “on all fronts.” He also expressed hope that a proposed cease-fire in Syria will lead to a political settlement to end the civil war and allow a more intense focus on IS.
Obama commented after a rare meeting at the State Department with some of his top national security advisers, who updated him on the parallel efforts to counter IS and bring peace to Syria after years of civil strife.
“I have directed my team to continue accelerating this campaign on all fronts,” Obama said, flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other top advisers. Obama said like-minded nations are stepping up and offering more assistance to defeat IS.
Since last summer militants haven’t launched a single successful operation in Syria or Iraq, where it controls large amounts of territory, he said.
On Syria, Obama said he doesn’t expect a cease-fire that’s set to take effect on Saturday to immediately end hostilities after years of bloodshed between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels who want to end his reign.
Announced just this week, the cease-fire is a “test” of whether the parties are committed to broader negotiations over a political transition, a new constitution and holding free elections, Obama said. Agencies




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