"If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL," Obama said. "Take a vote. But the American people should know that with or without Congressional action, ISIL will learn the same lessons as terrorists before them," Obama told the Congressmen.
Obama said that the principal focus is on ISIS and al-Qaida, but pointed to instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well, although ISIS has made serious gains in Afghanistan.
The U.S. announced of its intentions to enhance its fight against ISIS terrorists earlier.
The United States leads the international coalition against Islamic State. In September 2014 Obama announced that the U.S. would launch airstrikes in Syria without the Congress' authorization.