U.S. President Obama says recent territory losses by IS show the extremist group will be defeated, but must include local forces on the ground. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama says on Monday (July 6) that recent territory losses by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria show the extremist group will be defeated. Obama, speaking at the Pentagon, said the United States would continue to crack down on the group's illicit finance operations around the world and do more to train and equip moderate opposition groups in Syria. But the President said the fight against Islamic State is not a quick one. "In many places in Syria and Iraq including urban areas, it's dug in within innocent civilian populations. It will take time to route them out. And doing so must be the job of local forces on the ground with training and air support from our coalition," Obama said.