By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Over the past few months President Barack Obama has been preparing the country to deal with the terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and on Sept. 10 he will detail his plan before the nation, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday.
During an interview on Meet the Press, Obama said the United States has experience dealing with terrorist threats.
“This administration has systematically dismantled al-Qaida in the [federally administered tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan]. We just yesterday announced the fact that we had taken out the top leader of Al-Shabaab, the terrorist organization in Somalia,” the president said.
ISIL poses a broader threat because of its territorial ambitions in Iraq and Syria, he added, and said that after his participation in recent days at the NATO Summit in Wales, he knows the entire international community understands ISIL as a threat.
“The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” Obama said.