‘Degrade and Ultimately Destroy’ Insurgents
“We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whenever they are,” Obama said. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe heaven.”
The president also said he will send nearly 500 more military advisors to Iraq.; and the United States will arm and train the Syrian opposition.
Obama’s remarks were made on the eve of the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Photo credit: President Obama, in a speech to the nation, explaining U.S. strategy for confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; 10 September 2014. (The New York Times)