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Gillibrand asks 'How do we address terrorism long term?'

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President Obama vowed the U.S. will stand with its allies to fight the recent round of terrorism globally. The President said he believes extremism will be something that will be defeated. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York for her thoughts on the issue.

"It's very sad for us to watch these terrorist attacks go across the world," stated Gillibrand.

Gillibrand noted that  the brunt of terrorism has been felt New Yorkers. She pointed to the fact that New York City remains one of the number one terror targets in the nation.

"As a member of Congress and a member of the Armed Services Committee, I've been working very hard do we address terrorism long term. How do we make decisions about what we are doing aboard to stop terrorism," said Gillibrand. "We've had Al Qaeda metastasizing for decades. We have more terrorism coming out Isis and ISIL, which we need to address, and so we, as a community, have to be vigilant."

"We've had Al Qaeda metastasizing for decades. We have more terrorism coming out Isis and ISIL, which we need to address, and so we, as a community, have to be vigilant," stated Senator Gillibrand.

WBFO News asked the senator if the United States is in a better position against extremists and terrorism than other parts of the world.

"In New York City, the NYPD and the FBI have subverted more than a dozen terror attempts since 9-11. So we have worked very hard to use our intelligence community effectively to keep our community safe," said Gillibrand.

Senator Gillibrand long term approaches are needed to stop terrorism at the root.