'No specific, credible threat' to US from ISIS - White House

2015-11-25 11:04
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Washington - President Barack Obama's national security team believes there is "no specific, credible threat" to the United States from Islamic State, the White House said on Tuesday, amid stepped up coalition strikes on the extremist group.

Obama convened his National Security Council to discuss the recent string of attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which claims it has created a caliphate taking in huge swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Washington and Paris have stepped up their fight against ISIS, with France launching its first strikes from a newly deployed aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and the United States calling for more international co-operation against the group.

Underlining heightened global fears of attacks after violent extremists killed scores in Mali, Lebanon, Nigeria and Turkey in recent weeks, the US government issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday warning American citizens of "increased terrorist threats".

But Obama "was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible threat to the homeland from ISIS," the White House said in a statement.

"The president directed his national security team to continue to intensify ongoing efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS."

It said Obama called for increased security and intelligence co-operation with allies.

"The president emphasized that degrading and destroying ISIS will continue to require coordination and cooperation among a wide range of global partners," the White House said.

"The United States is strongly committed to continuing to lead the shared efforts of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS."

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