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SUGHED: Obama to attend Islamic State briefing Monday at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet with his national security team at the Pentagon on Monday for an update on the campaign against the Islamic State group, the White House confirmed.

The national security team, which includes representatives from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, will update the president “on the campaign to degrade and destroy the terrorist group,” the White House announced Friday in a statement.

After the meeting, Obama is expected to make a statement from the Pentagon briefing room, the White House said.

The president recently approved sending an additional 100 special operators to conduct raids in Iraq and Syria to combat Islamic State militants. The Pentagon is considering additional measures to aid in ongoing ground battles such as sending Apache attack helicopters to Iraq to assist in the battle to retake Ramadi from the terror group.

There are about 3,550 U.S. troops in Iraq now training Iraqi Security Forces. U.S. and coalition aircraft conduct daily missions over Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

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