This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Joint Base Andrews, just outside of Washington, D.C., to attend a meeting with military leaders from more than 20 partner nations in the coalition to degrade and destroy ISIL.
At the meeting, hosted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, leaders discussed the progress in the coalition's efforts to date. The President reiterated that:
To date, about 60 partners and nations have joined the coalition to combat ISIL. Allies are contributing in a number of ways, including:
Today's meeting follows two additional meetings President Obama had at the Pentagon last Wednesday -- one with Defense Department leadership on ISIL, Ebola, global security, and the defense budget; and a follow-up meeting with the National Security Council on the implementation of the U.S. strategy to counter ISIL.
In his remarks after the meeting with DoD leaders, the President said that destroying ISIL "remains a difficult mission," and made clear that it won't happen overnight.
"The good news," he said, "is that there is a broad-based consensus not just in the region but among nations of the world that ISIL is a threat to world peace, security and order, that their barbaric behavior has to be dealt with."
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