President Obama: “We Will Degrade and Ultimately Destroy ISIL”
Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation on the U.S. Counterterrorism strategy to combat ISIL, in the Cross Hall of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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"ISIL is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL 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 by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way." - President Obama
"ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple."
In an address from the State Floor of the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama spoke to the nation about ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) -- and a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group. Ushering in a new military front in the Middle East, President Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, along with expanded strikes in Iraq.