Obama rules out putting US troops on ground to fight Islamic State

"There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward but the strategy they we put forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work," Obama said.

By: AP | Antalaya | Updated: November 16, 2015 9:39 pm
President Barack Obama waves as he concludes his news conference following the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (Source: AP) President Barack Obama waves as he concludes his news conference following the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (Source: AP)

President Barack Obama on Monday conceded that the Paris terror attacks were a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against the Islamic State, but forcefully dismissed critics who have called for the U.S. to change or expand its military campaign against the extremists.

“The strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that is ultimately is going to work,” Obama said during a news conference at the close of two days of talks with world leaders. “It’s going to take time.”

The president grew irritated amid repeated questions about whether he had underestimated the strength of the Islamic State. He said most of his critics are simply “talking as if they’re tough” and offering no real ideas. And he brushed aside those who call for sending U.S. ground troops into the region, saying that “would be a mistake” and wouldn’t work unless the U.S. was committed to being a permanent occupying force in the region.

“This is not an abstraction,” Obama said. “When we send troops in, those troops get injured. They get killed.”

While Obama did not single out any of his critics by name, some Republican presidential candidates have called for sending US forces into Syria.

Rather than casting about for a new strategy, Obama said U.S. would intensify its current campaign of airstrikes and arming and training moderate forces. And he called on other nations to step up their involvement in the fight against the extremists.

The president also announced a new effort to share intelligence with France following the coordinated terror spree across Paris that killed at least 129 people. Officials said the U.S. was already using intelligence to help France identify targets in the flurry of airstrikes France launched against the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria following the attacks.

While officials say the U.S. had been aware of the Islamic State’s desire to strike targets outside the Middle East, Obama said he had not been briefed on any intelligence that indicated an attack in Paris was likely.

“I’m not aware of anything that was specific,” he said.

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    Paul
    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:55 am
    Yes Obama is right. Just go carpet bomb them out of existence.
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      Anand Drivedi
      Nov 17, 2015 at 12:32 am
      All member countries in the United Nations should immediately impose complete sanctions and total isolation of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These three countries support Islamic Terror with ideology, funding and training.
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        R.S.Sharma
        Nov 17, 2015 at 9:11 am
        When USA went after Sadam Hussein and Osama Bin laden, even though both were its creations, why is it not committing itself to finish ISIS ? Today Putin has said openly that ISIS is receiving funds from 40 nations, including the G20 nations. Only Russia seems to be serious about finishing ISIS. Now, after the Paris attack, may be France. If the G20 nations make up their minds, ISIS can be finished within 60 days. Why are they not doing it ? They should finish ISIS quickly.
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        R.S.Sharma
        Nov 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm
        When USA went after Sadam Hussein and Osama Bin laden, even though both were its creations, why is it not committing itself to finish ISIS ? Today Putin has said openly that ISIS is receiving funds from 40 nations, including the G20 nations. Only Russia seems to be serious about finishing ISIS. Now, after the Paris attack, may be France. If the G20 nations make up their minds, ISIS can be finished within 60 days. Why are they not doing it ? They should finish ISIS quickly.
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        babu
        Nov 17, 2015 at 5:31 am
        It is really funny after western junta started boning Syria it was done by France usa and 4 or more other countries after 3 or 4 day France didn't have any missiles left how come they got missiles now
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          babu
          Nov 17, 2015 at 5:17 am
          Russians are all ready involve there it is too risky for usa to be there if by mistake they bom or shoot down each other target then it will be 3rd world war. France is doing americas war there now. It is just like Vietnam war after france pull out from Vietnam usa went in Vietnam
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            Tomar
            Nov 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm
            I am with Obama. This is a sad incident, but there is no point in sacrificing soldiers for fighting these beasts. Just stay away and let the people in middle east fight it out, it is their war. Provide any help that can be provided. Instead, just work harder on improving internal security, minimize terror attacks, although some of them will happen.
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              mik
              Nov 17, 2015 at 10:38 am
              USA and allies killed 500,000 innocents iraqis and Bush conve sorry that was mistake. UA will not hit ISIS because they are the one who support and supply arms to ISIS.
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