The Wall Street Journal: Obama says Islamic State is lashing out as it loses ground

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Islamic State militant group has shifted tactics from seeking new territory to using terrorist attacks outside its strongholds in Iraq and Syria after losing ground militarily there to the U.S.-led coalition.

Obama, speaking after a briefing on the ISIS campaign at the Pentagon, said the group is relying on small-scale terrorist attacks to generate “the kind of fear and concern that elevates their profile.” He said the shift is also a threat to the U.S.

Obama: Islamic State Not ‘Invincible,’ Will Be Defeated


President Obama on Thursday said the Islamic State has not had a major battlefield success in Iraq and Syria in a year but said there is still a threat of lone wolf and high-profile attacks.

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