President Obama gives speech on counter-terrorism

U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech on Thursday to the National Defense University on the U.S. strategy on counter-terrorism as the war against Afghanistan comes to a close.

Obama covered a breadth of information regarding the war on terror and how it not only affects the international community, but the confines of inside the U.S. borders as well. The President was asked a number of questions about how the U.S. would move forward from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to where the conflict lies now.

Obama began by addressing concerns about al-Qaida and how the U.S. would counter its attacks. Obama said the U.S. is relying heavily on terrorists, from all terrorist groups, being prosecuted by the judicial system of their countries.

The U.S. is strengthening its relationships with countries in the region to ensure the prosecution of terrorists. The U.S. does have clearance to take lethal action against terrorist groups and President Obama said it will continue to do so until they are no longer a threat to U.S. security.

The President also talked about maintaining a balance between civil liberties and national security. With such events as the recent Boston Marathon bombing , the President said he is striving to uphold civil liberties while holding extremists and terrorists responsible for their heinous acts.

Other topics discussed included the U.S. role in countering extremist acts from North Africa to South Asia and the President's desire to close Guantanamo. Congress still opposes the closing of Guantanamo and has placed a hold on the relocation of any of its prisoners.