President Barack Obama said that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had put the militant group on the defensive. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had put the militant group on the defensive, shrinking its territory and striking key leaders. In brief remarks after a meeting at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency with his national security advisers, Obama said the United States and the world must help Iraq as it works to stabilize cities that had been held by Islamic State. Obama's meeting of his National Security Council at CIA headquarters comes as the administration weighs a plan to increase the number of U.S. special operations forces deployed to Syria to try to advance recent gains against Islamic State. The top U.S. general, Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he is working on options to present to Obama to increase U.S. forces in Iraq to bolster Iraqi forces preparing for a major offensive against the militant group in Mosul. Obama has held similar meetings at the Pentagon and at the State Department, on fighting Islamic State, which holds areas of Syria and Iraq.