Date
28 March 2017
The US will use all its power to counter the terrorism threat and keep Americans safe, says Barack Obama. Photo: Bloomberg
The US will use all its power to counter the terrorism threat and keep Americans safe, says Barack Obama. Photo: Bloomberg

Obama seeks to reassure Americans after California attack

US President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure the public that his administration is taking all possible steps to counter the terrorism threat and keep Americans safe.

In a rare Oval Office address Sunday, which comes in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Obama is urging Americans not to give in to fear, the New York Times reported.

He will detail measures the country is already taking to combat extremism and urge Congress to explore new ones.

The president will repeat a pledge that the US and its coalition will step up efforts to counter Islamic State (IS), although he is not unveiling a major change in strategy. 

Law enforcement officials believe the suspects in the San Bernardino shooting, which killed 14 people and injured many more, were radicalized, though they are still working to determine how and where.

Investigators are hunting for any ties between the husband and wife team, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were killed in a shootout with police after the attack, to possible terror networks around the world, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday that Obama plans to call on Congress to pass legislation to address terrorism threats, such as a bill that would block individuals who are on a government no-fly list from purchasing guns. 

The San Bernardino shooting is the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since Obama took office.

It unfolded just weeks after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and after a string of other lethal attacks carried out by supporters of IS over the past two months across multiple continents.

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