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US President Vows to Destroy IS
Sep 15, 2014

Vowing to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militancy, the US President Barack Obama has authorized airstrikes in Syria and announced plans to expand ongoing operations in Iraq, broaden an international coalition and ramp up military assistance to moderate Syrian rebel groups.

In a prime-time address to the nation, Obama sought to assure war-weary Americans that he would not deploy US combat troops and ruled out any repetition of the type of protracted ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said, “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against IS in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven: Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, IS through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

He announced that he would be sending 475 more US service personnel to Iraq, taking the total to more than 1,600, but then made it clear that they would have no combat role. Their only mission would be to train, equip and advise Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.

Despite the skepticism in several quarters about the chances of destroying ISIS without putting American boots on the ground, Obama expressed confidence that the US air power in support of partner forces on the ground would deliver the goods. He argued that that this strategy of taking out terrorists, while supporting partners on the front lines, is the one that the US has successfully employed in Yemen and Somalia to degrade Al Qaeda and deny it a safe haven. 

Citing the more than 150 airstrikes conducted against IS in Iraq so far, Obama said these have been successful, killing militants, destroying weapons, saving the lives of thousands of people and giving space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory, apart from protecting American personnel and facilities.

Even while voicing concern at the IS’ threats to America, Obama asserted: “This is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region.”

In Syria, besides the proposed airstrikes, Obama said, “Military assistance was being ramped up for the Syrian opposition forces, who battle both IS and the Bashar al-Assad regime. In the fight against IS, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people—a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.”

Simultaneously, the US will work with its partners to step up efforts to cut off IS’ funding, improve intelligence and strengthen defences. Obama, however, conceded that it could be a long battle, and said: “Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like IS.”

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