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Sep 5, 2014 | 17:04 GMT

U.S.: Obama Discusses Islamic State At NATO Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of the Islamic State during a televised address at the end of the NATO summit in Newport, Wales on Sept. 5. Obama emphasized that there is unanimity and recognition among NATO members that action must be taken against the Islamic State. The key to this, he said, is consultation with regional actors in the Middle East, specifically Sunni-majority states that are against extremism. Obama went on to say that an organization like the Islamic State cannot be contained, and therefore the goal must be to dismantle it. He mentioned a previously successful strategy applied against al Qaeda, which pushed back territorial gains, degraded capability, shrank their scope of action, targeted leadership and diminished the group over time. Obama stated that no U.S. troops would be deployed on the ground in Syria, but there were effective partners, such as the moderate coalition, that could be aided in the fight against the Islamic State. 

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