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  Updated: Aug 5, 2016 03:30 IST

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WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Thursday touted progress the United States and its allies have made in the military campaign against Islamic State, though he said the militant group still has the ability to direct and inspire attacks.

"We're going to keep going after ISIL aggressively across every front of this campaign," Obama said at a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, using an acronym for Islamic State.

The Syrian government continues to violate a truce in the war there, and Russia's actions in Syria raise questions about its intentions in the country, Obama said.

"The U.S. remains prepared to work with Russia to try to reduce the violence and strengthen our efforts against ISIL and al Qaeda in Syria, but so far Russia has failed to take the necessary steps," Obama said. "It is time for Russia to show it is serious about pursuing these objectives."

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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