Obama: Syrians, Iraqis — not U.S. — need to lead fight against ISIS

Obama: Syrians, Iraqis — not U.S. — need to lead fight against ISIS

President Obama said that while the Islamic State can’t be defeated without boots on the ground, those boots will not be members of the American military.

Mr. Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he planned to address the nation Wednesday night to inform the American people on the nature of the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and his strategy for dealing with it.

“This is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops,” he said. “What this is is similar to the kind of counterterrorism campaigns that we’ve been engaging in consistently.”

Mr. Obama said the U.S. does not have the resources to occupy every country around the world with a terrorist threat. America has to rely on local forces to not put too much strain on the U.S. military he said.

“We’ve got to have a more sustainable strategy, which mean the boots on the ground have to be Iraqi, and in Syria the boots on the ground have to be Syrian,” he said.

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