US President Barack Obama denounced Islamic State militants for the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, and vowed to step up efforts to defeat the “cancer” of nihilistic ideologies.
“The entire world is appalled” at the beheading of Foley, Obama said on Wednesday, after Sunni extremist militants posted a grisly execution video online the previous day.
“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day,” Obama said during a news conference in Martha’s Vineyard, the Wall Street Journal reported.
In his strongest denunciation yet of the Islamic State militants, the US president said: “One thing we can all agree on is a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”
He urged allies and partners to join forces to defeat Islamic State fighters who have established a quasi-state that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
“From governments and people across the Middle East, there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread,” Obama said. “There has to be a clear rejection of this kind of nihilistic ideologies.”
The US will be relentless in pursuing those who killed Foley, Obama said, vowing to continue the US air war in Iraq, despite threats by the Islamic State, commonly known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS, to behead more Americans if the strikes continue.
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