Obama: U.S. Won't Stop Confronting Islamic State

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Comparing the Islamic State extremists to a cancer and declaring groups like ISIS have "no place in the 21st century," President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

The extremist group had threatened to slaughter a second American journalist if the U.S. airstrikes do not stop.

Visibly angry as he spoke from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he had been vacationing, the president said the entire world was "appalled" by Foley's killing. He compared the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to a cancer that must be extracted from the region.

The president said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. He reiterated in his address Wednesday that the world had Foley's family in their thoughts.

"Today, the American people will say a prayer for those who loved Jim...Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world," the president said.

Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

The president stated that the militants in ISIS did not represent Muslims as a whole--and that many of their victims followed the faith ISIS professed to stand for.

"[ISIS] speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents," Obama said. "No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. [ISIS] has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt.

"They may claim, out of expediency, that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is, they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.

"We will continue to pursue a long-term strategy to turn the tide against ISIS by supporting the new Iraqi government," Obama said.

Obama first authorized targeted airstrikes in Iraq on August 7 as support for a humanitarian mission to deliver food and water to a group of religious minorities trapped on a mountain by ISIS. The airstrikes are also meant to protect American personnel and facilities in northern Iraq, where ISIS was advancing.

Obama spoke Wednesday from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's vacationing with his family, a day after the militants released a video showing the American journalist being beheaded.



 
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