United States President Barack Obama on Monday announced an update on the US military mission against ISIS, adding the US support for the moderate opposition in Syria would increase.
Obama’s remarks came during a press briefing in his Pentagon visit after a meeting with his national security team regarding ISIS, including Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
Indicating that the US-led coalition forces have conducted more than 5,000 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Obama said the fight against the militant group would be a long-term process.
"This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. [ISIS] is opportunistic and it is nimble," said President Obama.
He said sending more US troops is not among the plans against ISIS which would not be sufficient without the efforts by the regional security forces, signalling no more troops will be sent to the region.
"The strong consensus is that in order for us to succeed long-term in this fight against [ISIS], we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress,” said Obama.
“It is not enough for us to simply send in American troops to temporarily set back organizations like [ISIS], but then as soon as we leave see that void filled again by extremists.”
During his Pentagon visit, Obama also pledged to increase the US support for the moderate Syrian opposition which has been fighting against the Assad regime since the country’s bloodshed conflict began four years ago.
"We continue to accelerate the delivery of critical equipment, including anti-tank weapons, to Iraqi security forces," said Obama.
"And I have made it clear to my team that we will do more to train and equip the moderate opposition in Syria."