President Barrack Obama Says U.S.-Led Coalition ‘Will Not Relent’ Against ISIS; ‘We Will Destroy This Terrorist Organization
Speaking at a press conference on Nov. 22 in Kuala Lumpur, US President Barrack Obama said US-led coalition "will not relent" in the fight against extremist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
"We do not succumb to fear," Obama said, as noted by Associated Press on Nov. 22. "The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we're not afraid, to not elevate them, to somehow buy into their fantasy that they're doing something important."
The US president added, "[IS] can't beat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize us into being afraid, into changing our patterns of behavior, into panicking, into abandoning our allies and partners, into retreating from the world. As president, I will not let that happen."
He went on, "I think it is absolutely vital for every country, every leader, to send a signal that the viciousness of a handful of killers does not stop the world from doing vital business."
CBS News forecasted that Obama was slated to meet with French President Francois Hollande to talk about ways on how to reinforce the US-led coalition in fighting the militant group.
"Our coalition will not relent. We will not accept the idea that terrorist assaults on restaurants and theaters and hotels are the new normal, or that we are powerless to stop them," he said.
"After all, that's precisely what terrorists like [the] ISIL want, because, ultimately, that's the only way that they can win," Obama added.
The US leader also branded ISIS as "a bunch of killers with good social media."
In addition, Obama also said Russia should make a "strategic adjustment" and give up their support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. He added that the violence in Syria will go on as long as Assad remains to be the president of the country.
"It will not work to keep him in power. We can't stop the fighting," Obama said.