WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — According to Obama, attacks have been carried out by homegrown and largely-isolated individuals who were radicalized online.
"For all of our necessary focus on fighting terrorists overseas, the most deadly attacks on the homeland over the last eight years have not been carried out by operatives with sophisticated networks or equipment directed from abroad, they’ve been carried out by homegrown and largely-isolated individuals who were radicalized online," Obama stated on Tuesday.
Military action, Obama added, will not eliminate the threat of terrorism, and said attacks will remain a threat for years.
However, the US president repeatedly urged that the United States should not sacrifice its values, civil liberties or the rule of law in order to fight extremism.
The speech was Obama’s final address to US soldiers as commander-in-chief before he leaves office in January.