US WILL DE­STROY IS­LAMIC STATE, SAYS OBAMA

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Con­ced­ing that the fight against Is­lamic State (ISIS) re­mains “dif­fi­cult”, US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Satur­day said the US will “de­stroy” the bar­baric ter­ror group and as­serted that end­ing the Syr­ian con­flict would be the key in this en­deav­our.

“This fight against ISIS will re­main dif­fi­cult. But we’ll con­tinue to draw on all el­e­ments of our na­tional power, in­clud­ing the strength of our com­mu­ni­ties and our val­ues as Amer­i­cans. And I’m con­fi­dent that we will pre­vail,” Obama said, us­ing an­other acro­nym for the Is­lamic State.

“We will de­stroy this bar­baric ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion and con­tinue to stand with those around the world who seek a bet­ter, safer fu­ture,” he said.

Obama said the mis­sion to de­stroy ISIS re­mains dif­fi­cult, and the sit­u­a­tion in Syria and Iraq is “in­cred­i­bly com­plex”.

“ISIS is en­trenched, in­clud­ing in ur­ban ar­eas. It uses in­no­cent civil­ians as hu­man shields. De­spite th­ese chal­lenges, I can re­port that we’re mak­ing progress. And this week, I di­rected my team to con­tinue ac­cel­er­at­ing our cam­paign on all fronts,” he said.

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