September 10, 2014 – President Obama announced that, despite there being no specific plots against the US by ISIL (also known as the Islamic State), the federal government expanding its efforts to to meet the threats of terrorism with “strength and resolve.”
“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” he said, noting that we are able to move forward with a full-blown attack against the Islamic State as part of a concerted effort with the newly formed Iraqi government. Obama explained that, in concert with our allies, the US government will ramp up its efforts attacking the Islamic State from the air wherever it may be—Iraq, Syria or elsewhere. And while he claimed that these measures are not part of a combat mission, Obama admitted that we are sending nearly 500 more troops to Iraq.
Obama called on Congress to give authority to fund additional resources to fight the Islamic State, and noted that allies have agreed to provide intelligence and billions of dollars to support the effort. He reiterated that, “This is American leadership at its best,” and “It will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL.”
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