President Barack Obama echoed Monday the U.S. military and State Department warnings that mounting battlefield losses for ISIS could lead to "distraction" terror attacks like the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando over the weekend.
The progress made by U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq, Syria and now Libya against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, can motivate sympathizers outside the Mideast "to take actions against people here in the United States and elsewhere in the world that are tragic," Obama said.
He said that "one of the biggest challenges we are going to have is this kind of propaganda and perversions of Islam that you see generated on the internet, and the capacity for that to seep into the minds of troubled individuals or weak individuals."
Obama spoke at the White House after closed-door meetings with FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others on the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub frequented by the LGBT community, a horrific attack that went on for three hours in Orlando early Sunday morning.
Comey said later that 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent and the alleged perpetrator in Orlando, had pledged loyalty to ISIS and its…