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Obama speaks from Oval Office on terrorism

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, December 06 2015 Dec 6, 2015 December 06, 2015 7:02 PM December 06, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it's clear the two killers in the California shootings had gone down the "dark path of radicalization."

Obama is giving an Oval Office address on terrorism and the U.S. response following attacks in California and Paris. He's calling it an "act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people."

Obama says the killers had stockpiled weapons and ammunition. But Obama says there's no evidence the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas. He says there's also no evidence they were part of a broader network in the U.S.

Obama says "we will prevail by being strong and smart." He says Americans cannot give into fear.

He says the U.S. is working with allies, such as Britain and Germany who have begun bombing targets in Syria. The U.S. has increased its bombing of Islamic State oil infrastructure and will continue to train and equip moderate rebels in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. has recently added special operations forces in both Iraq and Syria,, but Obama continues to reject placing regular troops on the ground.

Obama says the U.S. is also working with allies to cut off the group's financing and will continue to enhance intelligence gathering and sharing.

Obama misspoke when he said the female assailant in the San Bernardino shootings, Tashfeen Malik, came to the United States under the visa waiver program.

The President said he has "ordered the departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa waiver program under which the female terrorist in San Bernardino originally came to this country."

Malik came to the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as a "fiancée visa," when she moved to the United States to marry Syed Farook, her husband and accomplice in the massacre in the Southern California city last week.

The White House has acknowledged the error.

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