Obama: U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition

Obama acknowledges Carter in his remarks after a briefing on U.S. efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS), at the Pentagon in Arlington, VirginiaBy Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers. Obama, speaking at the Pentagon, said the United States would continue to crack down on Islamic State’s illicit finance operations around the world. There are no current plans to send additional U.S. troops overseas, he said, repeating that the fight against the militant group would not be quick.

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