Obama Meets With Military Commanders For Isis Briefing

Obama Meets With Military Commanders For Isis Briefing

U.S. President Barack Obama met with senior military commanders to discuss his administration's plan to combat Islamic State.

Earlier this week, the Obama administration said it had launched air strikes in Libya to support the country's fight against the radical militant group.

The move marks the opening of a new front by the U.S. administration in the war against Islamic State, which, under added pressure in its Syria and Iraq strongholds, is increasingly resorting to planning attacks abroad.

Obama, who turned 55 on Thursday, will brief journalists after his meeting at the Pentagon and then head to Martha's Vineyard for a vacation with his family.

U.S.-backed forces have seized control of almost 70 percent of Manbij in northern Syria from Islamic State after making rapid advances over the past two days, a spokesman said on July 31.

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), which include the powerful Kurdish YPG militia and Arab fighters, launched the campaign nearly two months ago with the backing of U.S. special forces to drive Islamic State from its last stretch of the Syrian-Turkish frontier.

Manbij's loss would be a huge blow to the militants since it is a vital conduit for the transit of foreign jihadists and provisions from the Turkish border.