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US 'at war with those perverting Islam': Obama

US 'at war with those perverting Islam': Obama

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Feb 19, 2015 - 11:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama says the US is "not at war with Islam--- we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam".

Obama was speaking to representatives from 60 nations attending a three-day event on extremism that follows attacks in Denmark and France.

Obama said the worldinfo-icon had to confront the ideologies that radicalize people. He said those heading groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda were not religious leaders but terrorists.

He said associating Islamic State or al-Qaeda with Islam would be buying into the propaganda of those groups, challenging critics who have questioned him for not describing recent attacks as the work of "Islamic radicals".

Obama has asked Congress formally to authorise military force against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The US and its partners have carried out air strikes against the group since last year.

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