Obama threatens: ‘ISIS leaders are next’…ISIS leaders laugh hysterically at empty threat
US President Barack Obama voiced renewed determination to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS) group Monday, vowing to win back territory in the Middle East and kill the group’s leaders.
Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“We are hitting them harder than ever,” said Obama, in a second address following a lethal shooting attack by ISIS supporters in San Bernardino that strengthen doubts about his strategy.
“As we squeeze its heart, we will make it harder for ISIS to pump the propaganda to the rest of the world,” Obama insisted at the Pentagon after meeting with US military leaders.
Listing a series of Islamic State leaders killed in coalition operations, Obama issued a stern warning.
“ISIL leaders cannot hide,” he said, using another acronym for the group. “Our next message to them is simple, you are next.”
Even before a Muslim jihadist husband and wife in California murdered 14 people in the attack, polls showed that more than 60% of Americans disapproved of the way Obama is handling the Islamic State and the broader terror threat.
As was the case in his primetime Oval Office address a week ago, Obama offered no shift in policy, but
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