Obama calls Americans to 'stay united' against DAESH

US President Barack Obama urges its nation to 'stay united' and keep awake against threatening of DAESH attacks in America

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Photo by: AFP

US President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 18, 2015

Updated Dec 19, 2015

The United State President Barack Obama called Americans on Friday to “stay united” and be vigilant against possible DAESH terror attacks in the country.

During his last press briefing of 2015, Obama said that "All of us can do our part by staying vigilant, by saying something if we see something that is suspicious, by refusing to be terrorised and by staying united as one American family.”

As the US struggles to track potential attackers, Obama stated that social media posts by potential terror suspects are constantly monitored by security agencies and added, “If it's not posted publicly, then they're going to be feasibility issues that are, that are probably insurmountable at some level, and it raises questions about our values."

President Obama also mentioned his DAESH campaign and said that there were signs of strong progress in the US-led coalition’s fight against DAESH terrorist group and ultimately they would be demolished in the region.

Obama said that the US-led coalition is inflicting a heavy blow against DAESH points and the coalition “is systematically squeezing them, cutting off their supply lines, cutting off their financing, taking out their leadership, taking out their forces, taking out their infrastructure."

Obama says Assad 'has lost legitimacy'

During his press briefing, Obama called on Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad to leave power, to put an end to the civil war in Syria.

For years, Obama has underlined the necessity of Assad’s resignation, as of yet, there has not been a political solution for Syria between the US-led coalition and Russia--a main advocate for the Syria regime.  

"I think that Assad is going to have to leave in order for the country to stop the bloodletting and for all the parties to be able to move forward in a non-sectarian way. He has lost legitimacy," Obama said.

He indicated that diplomats need to work on creating a transition government that allows the Syrian regime's allies -such as Russia and Iran- to protect "their equities" in Syria.

Obama signs law imposing tougher sanctions on Hezbollah

President Barack Obama also signed a legislation that will increased sanctions on Hezbollah, the White House said.

The legislation, officially titled the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, will carry out tougher sanctions on banks that deliberately work with the organisation that supplies the Syrian regime with critical financial support during the ongoing civil war in Syria.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, “This strong, bipartisan bill intensifies pressure against the Hezbollah terrorist organisation and provides the administration additional tools with which to target Hezbollah's financial lifeblood." 

Earlier this week, the legislation was voted on unanimously by the US House of Representatives.

TRTWorld and agencies