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Obama explains why he doesn’t use ‘radical Islam’
President Barack Obama met with his National Security Council for an update on the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group Monday and then updated the nation in a televised address.
Obama explained why he doesn’t use the term “radical Islam” when describing the counter-terrorism fight. Using the term is political and would not make a difference in U.S. counter-terrorism operations, he said.
He also criticized the plan put forth by Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to temporarily block all Muslims from entering the U.S. Obama said the U.S. was founded on freedom of religion and that there are no religious tests in America. Such talk makes Muslim-Americans feel like their government is betraying them, he said.
said the lengthy fight against the Islamic State group has made progress, including reducing their financial resources and causing them to resort to stealing. “These aren’t religious warriors. They are thugs and thieves.”.........
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Using the term is political and would not make a difference in U.S. counter-terrorism operations, he said.