In a strong message to Russia, Obama said that country’s direct involvement in these actions over the last several weeks raises very serious questions about their commitment to pull the situation back from the brink.
“The US remains prepared to work with Russia to try to reduce the violence and strengthen our efforts against ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Syria, but so far Russia has failed to take the necessary steps.”
“Given the deteriorating situation, it is time for Russia to show that it is serious about pursuing these objectives,” he said.
Obama said beyond Syria and Iraq, the US will keep working with allies and partners to go after ISIS wherever it tries to spread and at the request of Libya’s Government of National
Accord, they are conducting strikes in support of government aligned forces to retake Sirte from the Islamic State.
We will continue to support the government’s efforts to secure their country, he said.
At the same time, the US president insisted that military actions would not be enough for the same.
“So long as their twisted ideology persists and drives people to violence, then groups like ISIL will keep emerging. And the international community will continue to be at risk in
getting sucked into the kind of global whack-a-mole, where we’re always reacting to the latest threat or a lone actor,” Obama said.
“That’s why we’re also working to counter violent extremism more broadly, including the social, economic and political factors that help fuel groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda in the first place,” he said.
Nothing will do more to discredit the Islamic State and its phony claims to being a caliphate, then when it loses its base in Raqqa and in Mosul, he added.
“We are going to keep working with partners, including Muslim countries and communities, especially online, to expose ISIL for what they are — murderers who kill innocent people,
including Muslim families and children as they break the Ramadan fast and who set off bombs in Medina,” Obama said.