Obama warns Islamic State leaders 'you are next'

United States and its allies were taking the fight to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, says US president

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US President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after a National Security Council meeting on the counter-ISIL campaign in Washington, DC, December 14, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON DC: US President Barack Obama voiced renewed determination to destroy the Islamic State group Monday, vowing to win back territory in the Middle East and kill the group's leaders.

Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"We are hitting them harder than ever," said Obama, in a second address following a seemingly IS-influenced attack in San Bernardino that has raised questions about his strategy.

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"As we squeeze its heart, we will make it harder for ISIS to pump the propaganda to the rest of the world," Obama insisted at the Pentagon after meeting with US military leaders.

Listing a series of Islamic State leaders killed in coalition operations, Obama issued a stern warning.

"ISIL leaders cannot hide," he said. "Our next message to them is simple, you are next."

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Even before the attack by a Muslim husband and wife in California killed 14 people, polls showed that more than 60 per cent of Americans disapproved of the way Obama is handling the Islamic State and the broader terror threat.

As was the case in his primetime Oval Office address a week ago, Obama offered no shift in policy, but admitted: "We are recognizing that progress needs to keep coming faster."


Karachiite | 7 years ago | Reply Next? Wasn't action against Isis supposed to be in full gear since one and a half years ago?
syed & syed | 7 years ago | Reply If only Saudi's' wahhabiism is controlled every one will be safe. Mr Obama do not play a double game one hand you give confusing statements and on the other you supply modern weapons.
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