tv President Obama on U.S. Strategy Against ISIS CSPAN February 26, 2016 7:40pm-8:01pm EST
i just met with national security council as our effort for our effort to destroy isl. thanks to secretary kerry for hosting us for his leadership of american diplomacy in the middle east and around the world. secretary carter and chairman done furred updated us on the military campaign and a special on for a of the overall strategy. at the outset i want to say that the situation in syria and iraq is one of the most complex isil is entrenched in urban areas using innocent civilians as human shields. either places where isis has been driven out the kind under devastation that need to be stabilizing and rebuilt.
because they are hard pressed in that regime there in syria still is not in such a way that it is investing in civilian populations. countries and communities and groups of have agreed to fight isil in the short term with those long term goals. but only as a civil war but with those powers with deep sectarian rivals. russian intervention me if -- reinforced the assad regime and the entire world has seen those images of children reduced to skeletons. it is a tough situation and
as a consequence thank you to john for his tireless efforts for those hostilities of the civil war. we are all aware of the skepticism but to judge us harshly if at least we did not try to end this diplomacy. if it could reduce the violence would is suffering in desperately needed. to save lives. potentially it could also lead to negotiations on a political settlement to end the civil wars everybody can focus their attention on destroying isil and that is why did it is states will do everything we can to maximize the chances of
success for but the same time want to make totally clear that there will be absolutely no cease-fire and we will remain relentless. about two months ago to make him a harder for the killers to pump up propaganda to the rest of the world. and over the last two months we have done exactly that. continuing to intensify our efforts today i directed my 18 into secretary carter's good work they have agreed to increase their contributions with our
conception of how the ramp up the pressure on isil. with the united arab emirates expanding the role. in canada is tripling the personnel intend thousand strikes so far continue to strike to force is an infrastructure and heavy weapons. isil fighters realize they have no safe haven and take them anywhere and anytime they still have not had a single successful major offensive operation in syria or iraq since last summer in the continued to go after the jersey and commanders to take them out one after another after another. and with those special forces to push back out of
territories. but with the block by block fighting they are pushing isil that is now lost key towns and cities that once were controlled in iraq. today we discussed the next phase of the fight for and the resources needed to retake the on bar province in then continuing to work with the international community so iraq has the financial support rebuild communities that have been devastated by that isil presence meanwhile the coalition forces to push isil back now day battle isil to continue to squeeze
the stronghold to cut off highways and supply routes. it is not the capital of the growing caliphate, expressed as isil territory shrinks. oil production and revenue is significantly reduce. where isil holds the cash and of money is literally going up in smoke. as a result that is increasingly diminished is the morale. in the executions of those at this eighth time with the coordination of many nations and finally it appears to be
slowing. bottom line there are few were isil fighters on the battlefield in syria and iran and iraq if they are there it is harder to replenish their ranks. since finance is shrink isil is imposing more taxes and fines under their approval and that starks even in more resentment among the local populations. more are realizing they are not a caliphate. a criminal gang pretended to be a state. they turned out to be thieves. isil said syria made an enemy of almost everyone. there under severe pressure and as we said all along the all the way to deal with isil is to end the chaos
that has engulfed syria. that is how isil is able to survive in the first place. scheduling to take effect midnight tomorrow is a potential step to bring about and and to with the chaos. even with the best of circumstances we don't expect the violence to end immediately but we're certain we will fight in part because not only isil but an organization but everybody knows what needs to happen need to end the
tax and the humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach areas under siege and that is with russia and their allies those coming days will be critical of the world will be watching. more broadly it is a test if the party is truly committed to negotiations. to a more inclusive representative government of a new constitution followed by free elections. i will say that again such a future that includes the char alice sighed that years after years of war against his own people of peril bombs and a starvation many syrians will never stop fighting and tell aside is out of power.
there is no alternative for managed transition and '03 from assad. this is an area where there is a significant dispute between us and a the russians and some of the other players on the ground. the question is if it gives all the parties concerned an opportunity to reflect and assess to cnn to the fighting in syria. beyond those we go after. >>host: -- isil were ever tries to take root working with nigeria to afghanistan. looking last week at the isil training camp in libya with an operative we will continue to use a full range of tools to eliminate isil wherever they are.
meanwhile the united states will continue to support the libyan people as they support the government to regain control of the country as we have seen in recent days with libya and celebrating in the street as isil was driven from benghazi. even as we continue counterterrorism efforts we recognize it is not enough to defeat on the battlefield but the ideology of what inspires people to violence. united arab emirates and saudi arabia are stepping up their efforts to reduce propaganda. with the new global engagement center we will expose isil in the murderers that they are, the killers of a december slump of men and women and children and working with high-tech leaders including facebook can't twitter to help counter isil of mine to
empower more young people especially to use their talents and technology to push back of the isil propaganda. finally the opportunity to discuss here at home. event to pose a serious threat. federal-state anand local 24/7 and as we do we will partner with communities to help them stay strong and resilient that includes with freedom of religion to stay united as one american family. the site will remain difficult to pull and all
elements of national power. intelligence and diplomacy and i am confident we're in a better position now than we were last month then we were three months ago. in the end for the year ending of those end of us period he returned to his home cruz said it was in ruins but liberated. despite knowing it would be tougher he said he chose to come back. for those who return home including students back at the university focusing on their future. will not be easy but the coalition continues to grow stronger and iraq continues
going to do to say this? in this is the only way that we can and voice our opinions. >> at national journal >> thanks for being with us. we saw what happened last week with the south carolina republican primary what do we expect with the democrats stand turnout with hillary clinton and bernie sanders? >> she enters as the overwhelming favorite with a range of 30 or 40 points over bernie sanders said a lot of that is due to the african-american vote in the role that will play that
shows over half of the electorate in she has a commanding lead among the black voters over bernie sanders. this should be a easy brand hoping to keep it as close as possible to steal away few delegates. >> the polls close as 7:00 p.m. eastern and and then it is the open primary so anybody can cast a ballot as long as they didn't vote in the primary and registered by january 27 in terms of delegates 53 delegates are up for grabs the their allocated proportionally
some are by their results at the statewide level or congressional district and there is a threshold each pass to reach of the least 15% to be eligible to win a delicate issue to be difficult considering those are the only to candidates less -- left and that is he is hoping to do begin to super tuesday where clinton is the clear favorite he is helping to keep it close enough to keep it going through march. >> looking at 2008 were senator barack obama won convincingly in south carolina that was a turning point against hillary clinton. where is the race moving into super tuesday with senator sanders? >> both will look at different targets in a dozen states voting next tuesday
and there is five states that the sanders campaign is targeting colorado massachusetts and minnesota vermont and even oklahoma. most are those are not in the south but the midwest and his home state of vermont. and then to be voting overwhelmingly. in georgia and texas and alabama. >> and then to spread the needle through tuesday. and it is a proportional allocation changes are they cannot put the contest away on march 1st. and then some of those
states and dave would love to have this wrapped up by mid march but does sanders campaign is hoping to peel them away to keep the race going for a little bit yet. . . >> a house hearing on the security of the u.s. food su supply. the fbi director james comey testifies at a house hearing on the fbi's annual budget. now a house hearing on food safety and the security of the country's agricultural system. panelist talked about how to prevent an attack on a livestock system and prevention of epidemics in the