Date
25 September 2017
Barack Obama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Barack Obama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Obama urges world to unite in fight against IS

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged the world to join forces in the military campaign against Islamic State (IS), saying the jihadist network only understood the “the language of force”.

In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Obama said: “We will not succumb to threats, and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy.”

Calling for a “broad coalition to dismantle this network of death”, Obama vowed to step up the fight against IS, the radical militant group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria.

“We will neither tolerate terrorist safe-havens, nor act as an occupying power. We will take action against threats to our security, and our allies, while building an architecture of counterterrorism cooperation,” Obama said.

Toward that end the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday calling on all countries to adopt laws making it a serious crime for their citizens to join a militant group like the IS, the New York Times reported.

The military campaign against Islamic State is only the most urgent of a raft of global challenges in which the United States has had no choice but to play a leadership role, Obama said.

These include resisting Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, coordinating a response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and marshaling a new push to confront climate change, he said.

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RC

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