President Barack Obama pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war on Monday and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.
Obama, speaking during a visit to the Pentagon, noted the difficulty of preventing small-scale attacks by “lone wolves” within the U.S. homeland despite success at preventing large attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on New York and Washington.
“We’re going to have to pick up our game to prevent these attacks,” he said.
Obama said there were no current plans to send additional U.S. troops overseas and repeated that the fight against the militant group also known as ISIL would not be quick.
He said U.S. training of Iraqi forces had been ramped up after being too slow.
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