Washington: Repeating his pledge to destroy the Islamic State, United States President Barack Obama said America will destroy any militant organisation that tried to harm its people but ruled out sending large scale troops on the ground as done in the case of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In a rare prime-time address to the nation, US President Barack Obama spoke about the ISIS threat from the Oval Office.
“They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition and pipe bombs. So this was an act of terrorism,” Obama said.”We will destroy ISIS and any other organization that tries to harm us. The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it”, he added.
The Pakistani-origin couple gunned down 14 people at a social service agency that was celebrating the upcoming holidays in the US with an office party. Over a dozen other people — many of them disabled — were injured in the shooting.One shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook, was an American citizen of Pakistani descent, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S.
“We’re working to stop ISIL’s operations – to disrupt plots, cut off their financing, & prevent them from recruiting more fighters. Our intelligence and law enforcement have busted countless plots to keep us safe. Our military has destroyed many terrorist safe havens, and have killed Osama Bin Laden.” President added.
“The strategy that we are using now — air strikes, special forces, and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country — that is how we’ll achieve a more sustainable victory, and it won’t require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil,” Obama said.