Obama: 'I Don't Think We're Losing' Fight With ISIS

President Barack Obama said in an interview published Thursday that "I don't think we're losing" to ISIS, despite its capture of an Iraqi city last week and renewed questions about the state of the Iraqi military. His interview with The Atlantic was published hours after ISIS claimed to have captured the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a victory that one monitoring group said gave ISIS control of half the country. And U.S. officials told NBC News that In Ramadi, Iraq, the city captured by the militants last weekend, ISIS fighters are digging trenches, building berms and steeling themselves for an Iraqi military push to retake the city. Obama told The Atlantic that the fall of Ramadi was "a tactical setback," but he said the city had been vulnerable for a long time because it was protected by Iraqi security forces that the United States had not trained or reinforced. He stressed progress in other parts of the country. But he acknowledged that the training and commitment of Iraqi forces must be increased.



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