U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State militants was "intensifying" its campaign against the extremist group's base in Syria, especially against its top leaders.
"We're going after the ISIL leadership and infrastructure in Syria, the heart of ISIL that pumps funds and propaganda to people around the world," Obama said, using another term of Islamic State, after a briefing on the anti-IS efforts with top military leaders at the Pentagon on July 6.
Obama said there are no plans to send additional U.S. troops overseas.
But he said the United States would continue to crack down on the group's illicit finance operations around the world and do more to train and equip moderate opposition groups in Syria.
Obama's meetings at the Pentagon follow a wave of weekend air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition that hit IS targets in Syria, including the group's stronghold of Raqqa.
Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP