Obama’s address over recent attacks

Mohammad Hakim, News Reporter

In President Barrack Obama’s recent televised address, he has announced a broad campaign against the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, who have rampaged from Syria across northern Iraq. Obama announced an escalated U.S. military role as part of a strategy that includes building an international coalition to support Iraqi ground forces and perhaps troops from other allies.
For those who are unaware, ISIS is an extremist group formed in 2010 with the main objective of creating an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria through radical measures. Now let’s make two things clear: ISIS is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIS’ victims have been Muslim. And ISIS is certainly not a state. It was formerly Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIS is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” states President Obama. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIS
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 strategic plan to follow will, if successful result in the termination of this terrorist group.
Obama has announced that another 475 American military advisers would go to Iraq, pushing the total figure to about 1,700 to assist in the Iraqi’s ground force stating specifically that it is not a combat mission. Obama shifted $25 million in military aid to Iraqi forces, including Kurdish fighters in the north combating the ISIS extremists. The aid could include ammunition, small arms and vehicles, as well as military education and training. Obama has been criticized by conservatives and some Democrats for what they call a timid response so far to the threat by ISIS fighters. The recent beheading of two American journalists held captive by ISIS raised public awareness of the extremists and the threat they pose.
“We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today,” Obama said. The president does not want rush into this situation guns blazing but with a carefully devised strategic plan to overcome the issue. ISIS poses a threat to the Middle East, including the people of Iraq and Syria. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including the United States.

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