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Obama, Cameron: Countries Will Not be Intimidated by Militants

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group purportedly shows U.S. freelance writer Steven Sotloff.
An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group purportedly shows U.S. freelance writer Steven Sotloff.
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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say their countries will not be intimidated by "barbaric killers." Their comments come after Islamic State militants killed two American journalists.

The leaders co-authored an opinion piece in the Times of London newspaper as NATO officials take part in a summit in Britain.

Obama has called for international action to counter Islamic State militants who have taken control of large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. 

The group has released videos showing the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, saying their killings were retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq targeting the Islamic State.

Obama plans to host a U.N. Security Council session later this month to address the threat posed by foreign fighters like those who have traveled to join terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that more than 100 U.S. citizens are fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States and its coalition partners have to do everything possible to stop the Islamic State group now.

Hagel said CNN television that the beheadings of Sotloff and Foley made him sick to his stomach.

The president said Wednesday that those who killed the journalists have failed in whatever they are trying to achieve because the world is "repulsed by their barbarism."

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the United States will relentlessly follow the killers of the two Americans "to the gates of hell."

The militant speaking in the Sotloff video threatened the life of British hostage David Cawthorne Haines, who has been described as a security officer for aid agencies.

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by: Jack Hawkey
September 04, 2014 10:41 AM
Mr Vice President Biden, to the gates........... Please don't telegraph your punches, just do it, once everything is in place. The third victim and other are next,as are ordinary peaceful folk.


by: Mr A from: new york
September 04, 2014 6:39 AM
Great words from our leaders, we need action. We need action to eliminate ISIS. We need action to look of Islamic communities that actively recruit jihadist and contribute to Islamic countries that prosecute Christian. we need action against the country like Saudi and Qatar whom give money and weapons . We need action to produce alternative energy so the Arab countries do not have money to supply weapons for their fellow fanatic. We need action to clean internet from hate message .We need action from great Briton to stop flow fanatic . great Briton has to investigate the Pakistani gang that raped !400 girls


by: Global from: Globus
September 04, 2014 6:30 AM
Do thousands killed in Ukraine made Hagel sick to his stomach?

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by: meanbill from: USA
September 04, 2014 11:15 AM
Did the thousands of Palestinian civilian men, women, children and babies killed and maimed in Gaza by the Israelis make Hagel sick?..... I don't think so, do you?..... really?

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