US WILL DESTROY ISLAMIC STATE, SAYS OBAMA
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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