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Obama: U.S. Will Destroy ISIS ‘Wherever They Are’

President Barack Obama will address the nation on the threat posed by Sunni extremist group ISIS on Wednesday, a day before the anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings.

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Obama said he will finally unveil the strategy to crush the Islamic State but pledged that it will not become another Iraq war, where thousands of American troops were deployed on the ground.

“What I’m going to be asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat,” Obama said about the speech, which is not a prime time address. “Number two, we have the capacity to deal with it.”

Despite critics’ suggestions, the president said he will not advocate for deploying troops in the region, which he considered “a profound mistake” of the previous administration.

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This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war,


Instead, Obama said that the United States will broaden coalition against the Islamic State, particularly the alliance among the Kurdish and Iraqi forces to weaken the militants.

However, this advanced strategy would outlast Obama and could take at least three years to complete, The New York Times reported.

The first phase, which is currently underway, includes an air campaign to protect ethnic and religious minorities and the rolling back of Islamic State gains in northern and western Iraq.

The second phase includes the formation of a more inclusive Iraqi government and train, advise or equip the Iraqi military, Kurdish fighters and possibly members of Sunni tribes.

The last and the most controversial of all is the destroying of the Islamic State’s stronghold inside Syria, where have Obama already ruled out working with Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad, whom they have been trying to oust since 2011.

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