16:34 GMT12 July 2020
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    There are currently no specific threats to US homeland security coming from the violent Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group, the US National Security Council told President Barack Obama at a meeting on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama met with his National Security Council on Tuesday to discuss response to the recent terrorist attacks by ISIL militants worldwide, and ways to enhance security and intelligence cooperation in the wake of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey.

    "The President was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible threat to the homeland from ISIL," the Council was cited as saying in a statement released by the White House.

    Obama directed national security agencies to work closer together with US partners "to increase our military cooperation in the counter-ISIL campaign, disrupting foreign fighter networks, halting ISIL expansion outside of Syria and Iraq, and disrupting any ISIL external plotting efforts."

    He stressed that efforts to destroy the ISIL group would require participation a wide range of global partners and that the United States "is strongly committed to continuing to lead the shared efforts of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL."

    A US-led coalition of 65 nations has been bombing Islamic State positions in Syria since September 2014, but without the approval of the UN Security Council or the Syrian government. The coalition has also been launching airstrikes against militants’ targets in neighboring Iraq since August 2014.


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