Obama at Pentagon for update on anti-ISIS campaign

Obama was to deliver a statement to the media after his Pentagon briefing. (File Photo: AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama was to visit the Pentagon on Monday to meet with members of his national security team for an update on the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The briefing on US-led efforts to dismantle the militant group follows coalition air strikes that hit the ISIS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa over the weekend.

Obama was to deliver a statement to the media after his Pentagon briefing.

The announcement of the air strikes came after ISIS released a video showing teenage members executing 25 Syrian soldiers in an amphitheater in the ancient ruins of Palmyra.

More than a year after ISIS fighters overran much of Iraq, the United States and its allies are struggling to turn the tide against the extremists in an air campaign known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The average daily cost is $9.2 million and the campaign had cost $2.91 billion as of June 18, according to the Defense Department.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is due to testify in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday to discuss the campaign, which has come under renewed criticism from US lawmakers.

The Pentagon last month said it was sending 450 additional U.S. troops to act as advisers to help Iraqi forces seize back control of the western city of Ramadi from militant fighters.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48