(NEWSER) – President Obama tonight laid out the US strategy to "degrade" and "destroy" ISIS in a prime-time address, and he made clear that he's ready to expand US airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. The president says a US-led coalition will go after militants from the Islamic State "wherever they exist," adding that he "won't hesitate" to order strikes in Syria if necessary. Here are excerpts, in which he refers to the group by the alternate name of ISIL, via CNN and the Washington Post:
- "So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”
- "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."
- ISIS "is not Islamic. ... It is a terrorist organization pure and simple."
- The US is meeting the threats posed by the group "with strength and resolve."