The President was briefed on recent progress by Iraqi security forces in taking back Ramadi, and on ways US and its partners in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL or ISIS continue to accelerate and integrate the military campaign on all possible fronts in Iraq and Syria, it said.
Obama directed his national security team to continue to intensify ongoing efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL, including by working with American partners to increase its military cooperation, disrupting foreign fighter networks, halting ISIL expansion outside of Syria and Iraq, countering ISIL financing, disrupting any ISIL external plotting efforts, and countering ISIL's propaganda and messaging.

Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Jakarta attack shows the ability of ISIL to spread their violence, mayhem and murderous ideology.

"There's a substantial number of individuals from Indonesia who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to take up arms alongside ISIL.  And so the threat that is posed by foreign fighters is significant, one the Indonesians are keenly aware of. This is also a concern that the President himself is keenly aware of," Earnest said.

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