On the eve of what’s expected to be the most-traveled holiday for Americans in a decade, President Obama’s national security advisers told him Tuesday that there is no specific, credible threat from the Islamic State extremists who carried out the deadly attacks in Paris.
Mr. Obama met with his national security council at the White House to discuss the response to the Paris killing spree on Nov. 13 and other attacks by the militants. The advisers told the president there is no known threat to the homeland from the extremist group, also known by the acronym ISIL.
The president has been urging Americans to go on with their daily routines and not be concerned about a possible terrorist attack in the U.S., as people prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The White House said Mr. Obama ordered his national security team “to continue to intensify ongoing efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL, including working with our partners to increase our military cooperation in the counter-ISIL campaign, disrupting foreign fighter networks, halting ISIL expansion outside of Syria and Iraq, and disrupting any ISIL external plotting efforts.”
The statement from the White House came just hours after Mr. Obama agreed in a meeting with French President Francois Hollande to carry out more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. The meeting and a subsequent news conference by the two leaders didn’t quell criticism in the U.S. that Mr. Obama lacks an effective strategy for defeating the extremist organization.