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US President Barack Obama's comments on Ukraine at UNGA
2014.09.25 03:30:23

Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order.

After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled.

Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands.

When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.



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Arab support in Syria airstrikes
2014.09.24 04:11:59

US President Obama spoke from the White House a few minutes ago saying Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone"

Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

Obama say the U.S. is "proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder'' with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in conducting the strikes.



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Strategy to counter ISIL
2014.09.24 03:54:22

US President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:20am EDT (14:20 GMT) to address the strategy to counter ISIL following airstrikes for the first time against the group in Syria, a White House officials said.

He will speak before departing the White House for New York City to attend the United Nations climate meeting, according to the official, who spoke on background ahead of the official announcement.

The U.S. Department of Defense's joint staff director of operations also will hold a press briefing on the operations in Syria at 11 a.m. EDT (15:00 GMT), the Pentagon said in a statement.



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Obama speaking in Washington
2014.09.24 03:26:55

US President, Barack Obama, speaking in Washington, said:

"The Middle East is rejecting ISIL and standing up for peace and security.

"We will move forward with plans supported by congress to train the Syrian opposition.

"More broadly 40 nations have agreed to help to take out terrorists targets and train and equip ... to cut off financing and cut off hateful ideology"



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Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters
2014.09.24 03:25:20

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort.

"Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said before leaving the White House for the United Nations in New York.

Obama said the strength of the coalition, now at more than 40 countries, including five Arab states that took part in Tuesday's air campaign.

"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said. "The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this not America's fight alone."

[Reuters]



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Video of British journalist John Cantlie
2014.09.24 02:45:08

ISIL fighters have released a video that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for US-led attacks on the group, the SITE monitoring service reported.

ISIL, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already executed two US journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for US air strikes against it in Iraq.

In the five-minute video, the man identified as Cantlie suggests President Barack Obama, long careful to avoid the sort of conflicts his predecessor George Bush pursued, was being sucked into a war he could not win, SITE reported. - Reuters



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Obama to meet Iraqi PM in New York
2014.09.24 02:09:53

US President Barack Obama wil hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi while attending the United Nations General Assembly this week, the White House has said.

It will be Obama's first face-to-face meeting with al-Abbadi since the Iraqi took over as prime minister this past summer and began forming a more inclusive government that Washington hopes will counter the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

[Reuters]



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Ukraine will receive $1 billion in financial guarantees
2014.09.20 01:02:21

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a tweet on Friday that the United States had promised $1bn in financial guarantees for Kiev to raise funds on the capital markets.

"Agreed with @BarackObama that Ukraine will receive $1 billion in financial guarantees," he said after visiting Washington where he secured $53bn in assistance but failed to win the argument for the United States to provide Ukraine weapons to fight pro-Russian separatists in its east.

In the first half of this year, Ukraine borrowed $1bn on capital markets under a similar US guarantee. [Reuters]



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US ground invasion in Iraq
2014.09.18 02:31:40

US President Barack Obama on the possibility of another US ground invasion in Iraq to fight ISIL:

I want to be clear. The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.

As your commander in chief I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.

Obama has said that "if left unchecked" the armed group ISIL could pose a "growing threat" on the United States.

There will be "no safe haven" against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and vowed to keep on working with US allies and partners "to defeat" the armed Sunni group. US President Barack Obama has said



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Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels
2014.09.17 02:34:24

The US House of Representatives have begun debating legislation to authorize President Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIL, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

[Reuters]



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General John Allen to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State
2014.09.13 03:07:23

President Barack Obama has chosen retired Marine Corps General John Allen, who served as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a US official said on Friday.

The official said he would be named as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against ISIL, the acronym the administration used for the Sunni Islamist movement.



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Foreign intervention in Syria
2014.09.12 02:32:49

Any foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, Ali Haidar, minister of national reconciliation affairs, said in a reaction to Obama's announcement the US is prepared to strike against Islamic State targets in the country.

"There must be cooperation with Syria and coordination with Syria and there must be a Syrian approval of any action whether it is military or not," Haidar said.



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American troops in combat roles
2014.09.12 01:19:26

The US president has adamantly ruled out the prospect of putting American troops in combat roles on the ground in Iraq or Syria.

"President Obama is trying to send a message to the public that this is not another full-blown war. US officials are making a concerted effort to say 'this is like Yemen and Somalia'.

"Whether in fact it will be like Yemen and Somalia remains to be seen. In those countries, there have been mostly unpublicized, targeted, very occasional drone strikes,” she said. "What the President is talking about now is a constant series of air strikes and a much deeper involvement with Iraq and Syria.

It is expected that the air strikes in Iraq will expand dramatically against Islamic State group targets.

When it comes to Syria, officials said that launching strikes there may take place sometime the future. They did not expect them to be immediate.

The Islamic State group has taken control of large parts of Iraq and Syria. The group's brutal campaign has included beheading of rivals and killings of hundreds of members of Iraq's minorities.



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Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.11 04:25:10

Tonight US President Barack Obama will announce his plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a speech to Americans that the White House said will discuss direct US military action as well as support for forces fighting the group in both countries.

The White House, in a statement ahead of the speech, said the US "will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy" the armed group.

The speech will be carefully watched for indications of how much Obama is prepared to intervene directly into Syria, riven by civil war and whose leader Washington has sought to dislodge. Obama is scheduled to speak at 01:00 GMT Thursday.

[Reuters]



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US commitment to work with Baghdad's new government
2014.09.10 04:06:37

President Barack Obama phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday to discuss the US commitment to work with Baghdad's new government to help it fight Islamic State fighters, the White House said.

"The president and the prime minister agreed on the importance of having the new government quickly take concrete steps to address the aspirations and legitimate grievances of the Iraqi people," the White House said in a statement.

"The prime minister expressed his commitment to work with all communities in Iraq as well as regional and international partners to strengthen Iraq's capabilities to fight against this common enemy," the White House said.

[Reuters]



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Threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.10 02:50:53

President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 24, a US official said Monday.

Initially scheduled for the day after, the meeting will see the council debate a resolution to address the growing problem of foreign fighters.

It will coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly.

"The date has changed," the official said on condition of anonymity. "The resolution will impose new binding obligations on countries to take action against foreign fighters, to prevent the facilitation of travel by foreign fighters and stop suspects."

Initial reaction to the proposed resolution had been positive, and there were "no fundamental objections" from council members, the official added.

A senior US intelligence official estimated last week that more than 12,000 foreign fighters had traveled to Syria to battle President Bashar al-Assad's regime, including more than 1,000 Europeans and more than 100 Americans.

[AFP]



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Obama to unveil plan to go after Islamic State fighters
2014.09.08 04:33:13

US President Barack Obama says he will unveil a strategy to go after the Islamic State group on Wednesday.

Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that his speech on Wednesday will "describe what our game plan's going to be."

"I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we're going to deal with it and to have confidence that we'll be able to deal with it," Obama said.

[Reuters]



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Iraq welcomes Obama's call for a broad coalition to tackle the Islamic State group
2014.09.07 03:11:26

Iraq has welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan for an international coalition to tackle the Islamic State group, saying it was a "strong message of support" for Baghdad and its fight against the group, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

"We welcome that, and we have repeatedly called on our international partners for help and support because this threat is a very deadly threat... not only to the people of Iraq or the region, but to Europe, to America, to NATO," Zebari told the AFP news agency.

"This is basically our fight... but we need the support, our capacity is limited, and we need the support to enhance our capacity," he said.

"Nobody's thinking of any ground troops at this stage, they are calling for air support, for tactical support, for arming the forces on the ground, like the [Kurdish] peshmerga, the Iraqi security forces, and also to provide... intelligence, reconnaissance," he added.

[AFP]



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Obama administration to brief members of Congress on Islamic State
2014.09.05 04:55:49

US President Barack Obama's administration is dispatching senior intelligence officials to provide an in-depth briefing on the Islamic State group to key members of Congress and staff, a congressional aide says.

The briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Counter terrorism Center for leaders and staff of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee and other panels, will take place on Friday, the aide said.

[Reuters]



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Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
2014.09.05 03:09:03

President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 25, a US official said Wednesday.

The meeting will take place at the level of heads of state or government and coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly, according to US envoy Samantha Power.

It will be the second time that Obama chairs a meeting of the top world body. In 2009, he presided over a meeting on nuclear non-proliferation.

The United States currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member council.

"We are seeing a surge in terrorists traveling from around the globe specifically to fight in foreign conflicts," Power said.

"These fighters participate in brutal atrocities... and often return home radicalized by their experiences."

[AFP]



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