US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb )
President Barack Obama has addressed the American people, outlining his plan to authorize broader US military involvement in hunting down the fighters of the notorious Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, Syria and “wherever they exist.”
President Barack Obama in his public address to the American people announced that the US will“conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.”
“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama stated. “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 President’s strategy in Syria will also be to support opposition forces for which he again called on Congress to give the US government“additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.”
“In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its 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, “ Obama said.
In the meantime in Iraq, President Obama’s strategy will be to support the Iraqi government to fight IS as they will be the one to ultimately defeat it in Iraq, he said. “Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense,” he said according to the White House fact sheet.
Barack Obama has also announced sending another “475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. “
“These service members will join the several hundred American service members sent to Iraq in June to assess how best to support Iraqi Security,” he added. The plan however still does not involve “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” the President said.
Instead, the military campaign will be boosted and waged “through a steady, relentless effort to take out [the Islamic State] wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.”
US President emphasized that he will not hesitate to take direct military action against terrorists in Syria and Iraq to “degrade ISIL’s leadership, logistically and operational capability, and deny it sanctuary and resources to plan, prepare and execute attacks.”
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