Obama: ‘Our Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism Must Not Target Any One Community’

‘I think it is important for us to recognize the threat of violent extremism is not restricted to any one community’

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BARACK OBAMA: "I think it is important for us to recognize the threat of violent extremism is not restricted to any one community. Here in the United States we've all kinds of home grown terrorism. And tragically, recent history reminds how even a single individual can inflict horrendous harm on Americans. So our efforts to counter violent extremism must not target any one community because of theipatriotic Muslim Americans who are partners in keeping our country safe. That said we have to acknowledge that ISIL has been particularly effective in reaching out to and including vulnerable people around the world in the united States. And they are targeting Muslim communities around the world. Numerous individuals have been arrested across the country for plotting attacks or attempting to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Two men apparently inspired by ISIL opened fire in Garland, Texas. And because of our assess success over the years in improving homeland security we've made it harder for terrorists to carry out large scale attacks like 9/11 here but the threat of lone wolves, or small cells of terrorists is harder to prevent. It is one of the most difficult challenges we face."

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