Obama under pressure to intensify fight against Islamic State after Paris attacks – Los Angeles Times

The deadly Paris attacks are putting pressure on President Obama to confront Islamic State militants more aggressively than he has been willing to consider in the past, opening a difficult deliberation for a leader who has tried to build a legacy on ending America’s wars, not extending them.

On Sunday, Obama pledged to “redouble our efforts” to fight international terrorism after the brutal bombings and shootings that killed at least 129 people in the French capital.

Obama mentioned fortifying borders and continuing diplomatic talks, but that strategy is likely to evolve and get tougher as world leaders gather in Turkey for the annual Group of 20 economic summit — an event transformed by the terrorist strikes into an emergency strategy session on combating Islamic State.

After a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan here Sunday morning, Obama condemned the mass killings as “an attack on the civilized world” and pledged to “stand in solidarity” with French authorities as they hunt down the perpetrators.

The attacks have created a new level of anxiety among European and Middle Eastern leaders as they watch Islamic State extend its ambitions beyond Iraq and Syria to target enemies internationally.


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