By Justin Sink
President Obama discussed efforts to counter extremism and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a meeting Wednesday with Muslim-American leaders at the White House.
The president stressed the need to continue countering ISIS "and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam," according to a statement from the White House.
He also encouraged the Muslim-American leaders "to remain civically engaged in their communities."
The meeting comes just one day after ISIS released a video depicting the brutal execution of a Jordanian pilot captured while flying a coalition mission against the terror group. The video has renewed calls from critics on Capitol Hill for the president to intensify efforts against the terror group.
Obama also used the closed-press meeting to discuss the task force he launched in the aftermath of grand jury decisions not to charge police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed suspects in Ferguson and Staten Island.
"The president reiterated his administration's commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions," the White House said.