Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Obama said Washington would continue to support the insurgents fighting against the Syrian government in order to help them confront ISIL militants.
SHAFAQNA– New York , Sep 24, US President Barack Obama has promised at the United Nations that the US-led military campaign against ISIL terrorists will destroy their “network of death.”
He also called on the international community to join the US-led fight against the terrorist group.
The US president also vowed that Washington will not be sending troops to occupy the countries in the region as part of its anti-ISIL campaign.
“We will neither tolerate terrorist safe havens nor act as an occupying power.”
The US military has been conducting air strikes against the positions of the terrorist group both in Iraq and recently in Syria. A number of US allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have also joined the US-led coalition in its bombing campaign in Syria.
Obama’s remarks, however, comes as many critics of US maintain Washington has been behind the creation of terrorist groups like ISIL in the Middle East region. They also question the reliability of a coalition whose members are said to be main supporters and financiers of the ISIL Takfiri group.
Obama on Russia
Elsewhere in his speech, Obama criticized Russia over what he called Moscow’s aggression.
“Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition,” Obama said, adding “Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order.”
He added that Washington and its allies will impose a cost on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.
Obama, however, welcomed a recent ceasefire deal between Kiev and pro-Russian forces in the east of the country. “If Russia takes that path — a path that for stretches of the post-Cold War period resulted in prosperity for the Russian people — then we will lift our sanctions and welcome Russia’s role in addressing common challenges.”
He also pledged to continue support for Ukraine and said Washington will reinforce its NATO allies. Terror activities of the ISIL Takfiri group in Syria and Iraq, as well as the outbreak of Ebola were among other issues raised in Obama’s speech.
Russia denies the US allegation of meddling in Ukrainian affairs as baseless and accuses the West of an “unrelenting campaign of slander against Russia, ever more relying on open lies.”
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