U.S. President Obama says the U.S. will keep going after Islamic State aggressively and ''as ISIL is beaten back, we're gaining vast amounts of intelligence'' to help destroy the militant's network. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Thursday (August 4) touted progress the United States and its allies have made in the military campaign against Islamic State, though he said the militant group still has the ability to direct and inspire attacks. "We're going to keep going after ISIL aggressively across every front of this campaign," Obama said at a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, using an acronym for Islamic State. U.S. officials have said that if Islamic State's growing external operations branch manages to mount a major terrorist attack in the West, "the administration may end up paying a higher price..." Obama said, "If we start making bad decisions, indiscriminately killing civilians... instituting offensive religious tests on who can enter the country- those kinds of strategies can end up backfiring."