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Terrorists gaining in lawless lands, Obama says

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Islamic State terrorists have flourished in lawless territory in Iraq and Syria. (Source: NBC) Islamic State terrorists have flourished in lawless territory in Iraq and Syria. (Source: NBC)

WASHINGTON, DC (NBC) - President Barack Obama summoned his National Security Council to the White House on Thursday as the fight against the terror group Islamic State (IS) reaches a critical decision point.

Obama is trying to build a coalition internationally, and looking for consensus at home as well.

"The violence that's been taking place in Syria has obviously given ISIL a safe haven there in ungoverned spaces, and in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we're going to have to build a regional strategy. Now, we're not going to do that alone,"  the president said during a statement from the White House Briefing Room.

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