Barack Obama has said the so-called Islamic State
continues to be a threat to the US despite losing
significant ground in Iraq and Syria.
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The president warned that as the organisation was
ousted from more areas in the Middle East, it was
shifting its focus to attacks abroad.
He said that lone-wolf believers will still be
inspired to launch attacks that are hard to detect
Mr Obama said the US has to do a better job
disrupting terror networks and intercepting the
online messages that can get to troubled
individuals and inspire them to act.
He said: “What ISIL has figured out is that if they
can convince a handful of people or even one
person to carry out an attack on a subway, or at a
parade or some other public venue, and kill scores
of people as opposed to thousands of people it still
creates the kinds of fear and concern that elevates
He said terrorism will probably not be eliminated
by his administration or that of his successors.
“I haven’t gotten numb to it. It bugs me whenever
it happens,” Mr Obama said.
But he added: “I do think that because of our
extraordinary efforts the homeland is significantly
safer than it otherwise would be.”
IS has claimed responsibility for a number of
recent mass killings, including the Bastille Day
attack in Nice, France, last month.
An attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida,
meanwhile, killed 49.
While they may not have been directed by the
group, the attackers were reportedly inspired by IS.