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Obama: The Islamic state is to be “degraded and destroyed”

US President Barack Obama said that IS extremist must be hunted down, degraded and destroyed.

Obama: The Islamic state is to be "degraded and destroyed"

The United States plan to fight with the Islamic state, as long as it is not a threat to the Middle East, and seek justice for the murder of the American journalist Steven Sotloff. It was announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Obama said that the destruction of the militant group would take some time, considering the military weakness of Syria, and noted that it is necessary to create coalitions, including coalitions with the local Sunnis.

"That was the last straw," said the President, referring to the execution of the second American citizen, the video of which appeared on the Internet a day earlier. "Our goals are clear: to degrade and destroy the Islamic state, so that it can no longer threaten Iraq and other regions, as well as the United States."

"Whatever these murderers think they will achieve with killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed, because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism. We will not be intimidated."