White House: 'Sense of urgency' after Paris attacks


Obama administration officials said Thursday that the terrorist attacks on Paris have renewed the sense of urgency among the 65-member coalition combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but couldn't give any new specifics on what they are doing to stop the Sunni terrorist group.

"[T]here is a new sense of urgency; and I think we do want to take that sense of urgency and make it concrete," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with President Obama in Asia on Thursday.

However, the actions he cited are all things the administration has previously touted or have occurred since Friday's attacks in Paris. They include a new intelligence sharing agreement between Washington and Paris, additional French sorties on Islamic State targets, Russian bombing of Islamic State targets, and additional U.S. takeoffs from a Turkish base.

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