Obama Says U.S. to Pursue Campaign Against IS ‘On All Fronts’

WASHINGTON (AP) -

President Barack Obama says he has directed his national security team to press the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group “on all fronts.”

Obama spoke Thursday following a rare meeting at the State Department with his top national security advisers.

Obama says like-minded nations are stepping up and offering more assistance to defeat IS. He says that since last summer, the terrorist group has not launched a single successful operation in Syria or Iraq, where it controls large amounts of territory.

Obama also says a proposed cease-fire between the factions waging civil war in Syria will allow a greater focus on IS. The cease-fire is scheduled to take effect Saturday.

The Islamic State group is not covered by the cease-fire agreement.