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Readout of the President’s Meeting with the National Security Council on Iraq and ISIL

This afternoon the President met with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our comprehensive strategy to counter the threat posed by ISIL in Iraq and Syria.  The President will continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come.  

 Participants in today’s meeting included:

The Vice President (via secure video)

Secretary of State John Kerry (via secure video)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (via secure video)

Attorney General Eric Holder

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (via secure video)

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

National Security Advisor Susan Rice

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power (via secure video)

White House Counsel Neil Eggleston

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey (via secure video)

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Winnefeld

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen

U.S. Central Command Commander Lloyd Austin (via secure video)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan

Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco

Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Caroline Atkinson

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns

White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and Gulf Region Philip Gordon

Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs Katie Fallon

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Brett McGurk

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft (via secure video)

Suzanne George, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council





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