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Obama calls for wooing Muslims against Islamic State

Obama calls for wooing Muslims against Islamic State

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Dec 07, 2015 - 14:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama has said the US military will continue to hunt down terrorists in any country, using air strikes to take out Islamic State leaders and their infrastructure.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom had already ramped up their contributions to the military campaign against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, he said in his address to the nation on Sunday.

“We will continue to provide training and equipment to Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens,” the president said in a televised speech.

If the US wanted to succeed in defeating terrorism, he stressed, Muslim communities must be made America’s strongest allies in rooting out misguided ideas that led to radicalisation.

“It is the responsibility of all Americans to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country…” he continued.

Divisions along religious lines amounted to a betrayal of American values and playing into the hands of groups like Daesh, the president argued.

“I am confident America will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history,” he said, adding all humans were equal in the eyes of God and the law.

Calling freedom more powerful than fear, Obama said the Americans had always met challenges, including depression, natural disasters and terrorist attacks, by coming together around their common ideals.

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