ARLINGTON, Va. – President Barack Obama says Islamic State militants will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after the group is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Obama says the group may continue to inspire people to carry out lone wolf-type attacks on subways or parades to sow fear and elevate its profile.
He says the U.S. and its NATO allies must not succumb to fear and should “keep on grinding away” against the group.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, last month that killed more than 80 people. It was also tied to the Orlando nightclub shootings that killed 49.
Obama was speaking to reporters after meeting with his national security team at the Pentagon.