Press pounds Obama on latest ISIS 'setback'

Members of the press weren't buying President Obama's attempt to assure reporters Monday that his administration has the Islamic State under control, even after the attacks in Paris last week that left 129 people dead.

"[W]e have a comprehensive strategy using all elements of our power — military, intelligence, economic, development, and the strength of our communities. We have always understood that this would be a long-term campaign," the president said during an address at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. "There will be setbacks and there will be successes."

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Obama conceded that the Paris attack is a "terrible and sickening setback" in the international community's attempt to curb the rise of ISIS, a group that he once referred to as the "JV team" of terrorists. He maintained, however, that the United States and its allies have made significant gains against the terrorist group, and repeated that ISIS is slowly but surely being dismantled.

But reporters weren't swayed by President Obama's assurances, and many took the opportunity afterwards to dog him with tough questions about his handling of the insurgent terrorist group.

"ISIL claimed responsibility for the [Paris] massacre, sending the message that they could now target civilians all over the world. The equation has clearly changed. Isn't it time for your strategy to change?" Jerome Cartillier of AFP asked.

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