Obama Addresses the Islamic State at the U.N.

Sep 24, 2014 at 11:47 am |
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President Obama addressing the United Nations Sept. 24

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Wednesday (Sept. 24) President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly for 38 minutes, covering a range of topics from Ebola to the Islamic State.

Every year, the UN hosts world leaders for an annual General Assembly where political leaders meet and discuss issues. This year the primary focus was on global warming, which Obama participated in speaking at the UN Climate Summit yesterday (Sept. 23).

The President used the UN General Assembly to ask all nations to join in on the fight to dissolve terrorist organizations within Islamic States, in particular ISIL (formerly ISIS). The President referred to ISIS as a “network of death” that needs to be dismantled.


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When mentioning the airstrikes that the President ordered on targets inside of Syria, Obama spoke about ISIL:

“In this effort, we do not act alone. Nor do we intend to send U.S. troops to occupy foreign lands. Instead, we will support Iraqis and Syrians fighting to reclaim their communities. We will use our military might in a campaign of air strikes to roll back ISIL. We will train and equip forces fighting against these terrorists on the ground. We will work to cut off their financing, and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region. Already, over 40 nations have offered to join this coalition. Today, I ask the world to join in this effort. Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can. Those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they are increasingly alone. For we will not succumb to threats; and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build – not those who destroy.”

President Obama has not only been able to get five nations to join in airstrikes inside of Syria, but he has persuaded France to commence airstrikes on ISIL targets in Iraq as well. Prior to the UN General Assembly, forty nations have joined in promising to contribute to the U.S. led broad coalition against ISIL.

Obama, known for his eloquent speeches, must have swayed more nations to join the cause to eradicate ISIL.

President Obama addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations. Find out what he said about the Islamic State!