Obama announces plan to combat IS militants

Obama announces plan to combat IS militants

US President Barack Obama has today announced the US will lead a broad coalition to fight militant group, the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria.

In a televised speech President Obama has told Americans he has authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq, in a broad escalation of a campaign against the militant group.

President Obama has also reiterated he will not accept threats from the group.

“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,” he told the US.

It comes as the US leader was heavily criticized several weeks ago for confirming the US did not have a strategy.

President Obama said he would expand the list of targets inside Iraq beyond several isolated areas.

“Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defences; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East,” he said earlier today.

He will send 475 more American advisers to help Iraqi forces, joining more than 1,000 already there, but he has reiterated they will not engage in combat.

“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.”- President Barack Obama

President Obama has also committed to increasing humanitarian assistance to those affected in Iraq and Syria.

“We will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organisation. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities,”he said.

“We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.”

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