US President Barack Obama speaks to reporters following a National Security Council meeting on the counter-ISIL at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, December 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON
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President Barack Obama Monday said the U.S.-led coalition is making progress against Daesh (ISIS) militants in both Iraq and Syria, as he delivered an update on the campaign aimed at reassuring Americans worried about the spread of extremism-fueled terrorism.Obama's speech comes as Syrian troops and allied militiamen seized control of a military air base near Damascus, bolstering the regime's presence in a key area overwhelmingly controlled by rebel forces.Obama is also slated to attend a briefing at the National Counterterrorism Center later in the week.The military has said hundreds of U.S airstrikes in recent days dealt a major blow to Daesh ranks in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, which Daesh seized in May.Flanked by top military brass, Obama offered some of the first public details about the status of those special forces, ordered before the recent attacks in California and Paris.In an effort to encourage coalition allies to contribute more to the fight, Obama said he was dispatching Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the Middle East on Monday. Last week, President Vladimir Putin said the rebels, who oppose Moscow's ally Assad, were receiving weapons from Russia, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said Putin meant Assad's army was getting weapons and the rebels were receiving only air support.
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