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White House summit won't focus solely on IS group

1 year 11 months 6 days ago February 16, 2015 Feb 16, 2015 Monday, February 16 2015 February 16, 2015 3:21 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Darlene Superville

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - The White House says this week's summit on countering violent extremism will not focus exclusively on threats from the Islamic State group.

Senior administration officials on Monday previewed the three-day conference and said that while the Islamic State group poses a near-term threat, violent extremists "come in all shapes and sizes."

Vice President Joe Biden opens the summit Tuesday with representatives from Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. The White House wants to highlight programs in the three cities.

President Barack Obama addresses a gathering at the White House on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks at the State Department, where representatives of some 60 countries are scheduled to meet.

The White House announced the conference last month following terror attacks in France, Canada and Australia.

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