- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2015

In the wake of the terror attack in California, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night about steps the government is taking to protect Americans from the Islamic State and other extremist groups.

The White House said Saturday night that Mr. Obama “will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino” and discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including “the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it.”

“He will reiterate his firm conviction that [the Islamic State] will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology,” the White House said.

The prime-time address, to be broadcast live at 8 p.m. Sunday, reflects the public’s growing concern about Mr. Obama’s handling of terrorism and Americans’ worries about the specific threat posed by the Islamic State. The president is canceling his annual appearance at the “Kennedy Center honors” program Sunday night to deliver the speech.

The FBI has told Mr. Obama that the two assailants in Wednesday’s massacre, Syed Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, were likely radicalized Islamists. Malik, a native of Pakistan, pledged her allegiance to the Islamic State just before carrying out the attack.

The two terrorists killed 14 people at a party for civil servants in San Bernardino, and wounded 21. They were killed hours later in a shootout with police.

The mass shooting came just weeks after Islamic State militants carried out a series of coordinated attacks in Paris, killing 120 people and wounding more than 300.

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