Obama: "We Will Destroy the Terrorist Group Known as ISIL (ISIS)"

(White House) President Obama said in a televised address on Wednesday: "ISIL - which calls itself the 'Islamic State'...is not 'Islamic.' No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq." "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy....I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq....Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East."

2014-09-11 00:00:00

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