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Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

Published: Wed, September 3, 2014 @ 9:23 a.m.

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama said today that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.

Obama still did not give a timeline for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group's operations in Syria. "It's going to take time for us to be able to roll them back," the president said at a news conference during a visit to Europe.

The president's comments came after he said the United States had verified the authenticity of a video released Tuesday showing the beheading of freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, two weeks after journalist James Foley was similarly killed.

Obama vowed the U.S. would not forget the "terrible crime against these two fine young men."

"We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists," Obama said. "And those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served."


1Chessiedad(379 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

How convenient that the Vindy left out Husseins "walking back" his "degrade and destroy" tough-talk, in a follow-up statement where he stated he wanted to make it a "manageable problem." So, what's it going to be, Hussein? Wipe them from the face of the earth, or just make it so they only behead Americans, every other Tuesday on odd-numbered weeks? And we now know that Hussein's top advisors have been debriefing him on the savagery of ISIL/ISIS for over a year and what's he done to deal with this? "We have no strategy."

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