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    Obama: Defeating Islamic State is 'Top Priority'

    US President Barack Obama (L) and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri deliver a joint press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace  in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016.
    US President Barack Obama (L) and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri deliver a joint press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016.

    President Barack Obama says destroying Islamic State is his "top priority," a day after the extremist group claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack that killed 31 people in Belgium.

    Speaking in Argentina, Obama also vowed to do "whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible" for the attack.

    "This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism," Obama said. "My top priority is to defeat ISIL and eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that has been taking place around the world."

    The group said it carried out Tuesday's bombings on the airport and Brussels metro in revenge for Belgium's role in the coalition fighting Islamic State.

     

     

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    Obama Vows Top Priority is Defeating Islamic Statei
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    March 23, 2016 5:53 PM
    Speaking in Argentina, President Barack Obama says destroying Islamic State is his "top priority," a day after the extremist group claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack that killed 31 people in Belgium.


    Since 2014, the coalition has been carrying out a campaign of airstrikes and raids on extremist targets in Syria and Iraq, as well as other Middle East and North African countries.

    Republican presidential candidates say the Brussels bombings, the latest in a series of IS-claimed attacks, are the latest evidence the White House is not doing enough to wipe out the group.

    Frontrunner Donald Trump explicitly advocated the use of torture in order to stop such attacks. Texas Senator Ted Cruz reiterated his call to "carpet bomb" IS and said law enforcement should "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods."

    The comments drew sharp criticism from a wide array of political leaders, as well as from American Muslims, who say they are being unfairly singled out for something they have nothing to do with.

    Obama on Wednesday slammed the comments as "un-American," and "counterproductive," and defended American Muslims as "extraordinarily successful, patriotic, (and) integrated."

    "Their children are our children’s friends, going to the same schools, they are our colleagues in our workplaces, they are our men and women in uniform, fighting for our freedom," Obama said.

    "And so any approach that would single them out or target them for discrimination is not only wrong and un-American but it would be counterproductive because it would reduce the strength, the antibodies that we have to resist terrorism," he added.

    Belgium's Queen Mathilde, second left, visits firefighters and first responders in front of the damaged Zaventem Airport terminal in Brussels on March 23, 2016.
    Belgium's Queen Mathilde, second left, visits firefighters and first responders in front of the damaged Zaventem Airport terminal in Brussels on March 23, 2016.

     

    Obama, who just completed a landmark visit to communist-led Cuba, said he has seen firsthand the devastating effects of overbearing government surveillance.

     

    "I just left a country that engages in that neighborhood surveillance, which by the way the father of Senator Cruz escaped for America, the land of the free, the notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense. It is contrary to who we are and it is not going to help us defeat ISIL," he said.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 23, 2016 11:37 PM
    [Doesn't anybody listen?] .. If the US is really serious and wants to defeat and destroy the Sunni Muslim ISIL Caliphate army, then they need only to kill the Sunni Muslim Caliph al-Baghdadi, (like Hulagu Khan did), when he ended the last reign of the last Sunni Muslim Caliph of Baghdad and his Caliphate? .. If they kill the Caliph of the ISIL, then the ISIL Caliphate dies too? .. There is no other one to take the place of the Caliph al-Baghdadi? .. It's the ISIL Caliphate that the terrorists around the world are rallying around? .. when he dies, his Caliphate dies with him?

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    March 23, 2016 9:40 PM
    USA must learn from Past Mistakes, and take action against Sponsors of IS. But i do not think USA will take any action against Sponsors. If USA wants peace in Middle East then sponsors of Human Killers must be punish other wise Al Qaida will come with new name but same Sponsors.

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    March 23, 2016 6:15 PM
    We don't want to prosecute them. We want to kill them.

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