Obama: ‘I don’t believe we can defeat ISIS’

President Barack Obama has expressed confidence in his military and intelligence community, saying that the military and law enforcement are “ready” to fight ISIS, even as the US military is still dealing with fallout from a deadly ambush.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Obama said the military has “made significant progress” in defeating ISIS in Iraq and that he does not believe that it will be possible to defeat the terror group in Syria.

But he said the US will continue to make progress in the Middle East, even while dealing with lingering internal divisions in the US.

Obama said the “battle” in Mosul is just the beginning.

He said it was the “beginning of a new chapter in this fight, a new phase in this war.”

“I do not believe we will be able to defeat ISIS, we will not be able, because we have no interest in that,” he said.

“This is a fight that’s been going on for over a decade, and it is not going away.”

He also said the country has been engaged in “a series of very difficult and difficult missions” that will continue for the foreseeable future.

“And that is why I believe we are going to keep working at this.

And I think we will do so without any illusions about our capacity, nor do I think any of us believe that we can win,” Obama said.

He also reiterated the US position that ISIS will be defeated, saying the group is now “the most lethal terrorist organization on Earth.”

Obama did not specify what actions he would take against the terror organization, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed a city, including an international airport.

But on Monday, he said he was prepared to use military force if it is necessary.

“We have not decided whether or not to use force in this particular circumstance,” he told reporters.

“If the use of force is necessary, then I will use force,” he added.

Obama has said he believes that US forces have the “capacity” to defeat Islamic State, but has not given specific details.

The president, who has already ordered airstrikes against the group in Iraq, said the airstrikes will continue in Syria, where he said US troops will be involved in an operation to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital.

The White House said on Monday that American troops would also be involved.

A U.S. official said in a statement Monday that US military officials have met with Turkish, Jordanian and Iraqi officials on Monday to discuss the future of Raqqa, but did not elaborate.