Obama to talk IS group fight at Pentagon as US expands Libya role

AP , Thursday 4 Aug 2016

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a Young African Leaders Initiative event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Washington (Photo: AP)

President Barack Obama is assessing what's working and what's not in the fight against the Islamic State group (IS) as the U.S. military ramps up its engagement in Libya.

After meeting Thursday with military and national security advisers at the Pentagon, Obama plans to take questions during a news conference.

The session comes as the U.S. bombs targets in and around the Libyan city of Sirte, in a notable expansion of the U.S.-led coalition's military mission against IS group.

Obama typically convenes meetings of the National Security Council at the White House, but over the past year he has occasionally held them at other agencies like the State Department and the CIA. The goal of the road show at the Pentagon is to illustrate the multifaceted U.S. approach to defeating IS.

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