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The US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has laid out a com­pre­hen­sive and sus­tained coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy to fight the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) and vowed to “de­grade and ul­ti­mately de­stroy” ISIL. Speak­ing dur­ing a na­tion­ally tele­vised ad­dress at the White House on Septem­ber 10, the Pres­i­dent said: “More­over, I have made it clear that we will hunt down ter­ror­ists who threaten our coun­try, wher­ever they are. That means I will not hes­i­tate to take ac­tion against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core prin­ci­ple of my pres­i­dency: if you threaten Amer­ica, you will find no safe haven.”

The new cam­paign comes after Obama au­tho­rised limited airstrikes against the ISIL mil­i­tants in Iraq in Au­gust while the plan fur­ther deep­ens the role of the US mil­i­tary in the Mid­dle East. Urg­ing co­op­er­a­tion from Iraqis and other Arab part­ners to con­front the threat in the re­gion, Obama said that the US will lead a broad coali­tion of na­tions, but “this is not our fight alone.” As part of the coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy, the US will send an ad­di­tional 475 ser­vice mem­bers to pro­vide Iraqi and Kur­dish forces with train­ing, in­tel­li­gence and equip­ment. Sep­a­rately, the US will con­tinue to in­crease its ef­forts to train and sup­ply the mod­er­ate Syr­ian op­po­si­tion and pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to in­no­cent civil­ians dis­placed by ISIL at­tacks. The cam­paign will also see the US work­ing along­side al­lies and part­ner na­tions to im­prove in­tel­li­gence and strengthen de­fences against the ISIL, while de­ploy­ing mea­sures to cut fund­ing to the group.

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