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President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama touted his counterterrorism strategy during his last major national security speech


President Barack Obama touted his counterterrorism strategy Tuesday during his final national security speech at Florida's MacDill Air Force Base. 

During his speech, Obama said the U.S. is "breaking the back of ISIL" while also acknowledging that the fight is a long-term one. 

"We should take great pride in the progress that we've made over the last eight years," Obama said. 

Obama touted his counterterrorism strategy during his last major national security speech

"No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland."

He also detailed some of his successes in the battle against ISIS and other extremist groups like al Qaeda.

"The whole objective of these terrorists is to scare us into changing who we are and our democracy," he said. "And the thing is people and nations do not make good decisions when they are driven by fear."

Obama again called for the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and maintained his stance that the U.S. should continue its ban on torture, something President-elect Donald Trump has said he will change.

The president also took the time to highlight some successes during the course of his eight years in offices. Obama pointed to his work to end large-scale troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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