Sep. 10, 2014 (WASHINGTON) In a prime time address to the nation President Barack Obama outlined steps to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.”
President Obama said that during the last several years “we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists that threaten our country.” He said that al-Qaida was degraded and he reminded Americans that Osama Bin Ladin is dead, and the leadership of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan are gone.
He added that the affiliates in Yemen and Somalia have been targeted, and the commander of the Somalia branch has been recently killed. The president also said that “we continue to face a terrorist threat,” and that we cannot eliminate all evil from the world.
Obama said that “the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain.”
He added that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken advantage of violence and Civil War to set take up territory on both sides of the Iraqi-Syria border.
He also ordered 475 more U.S. troops to Iraq to serve as advisors to Iraqi forces, now that a new government has been established. The president said that one goal for these troops is to stand up Iraqi National Guard Sunni units that will be able to fight for their freedom against ISIL.
They are in the process of building a wide coalition that will take on this new threat.
The president also requested broader authorities than what the White Hose has from Congress. He did this last year, during the height of the Syrian crisis and at the time the Congress refused to take this on.
This is the speech as released by the White House.
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