Kualalumpur: US President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and its allies would not relent in its fight to combat Islamic State extremists and would hunt down their leaders and cut off the group’s financing. “It will not work to keep him in power, We can’t stop the fighting.” Obama said today.
“Destroying (Islamic State) is not only a realistic goal, were going to get it done,” he told a news conference after a meeting of Asian leaders in Malaysia.
President Barack Obama vowed Sunday that the United States and its international partners “will not relent” in the fight against the IS insisting the world would not accept the extremists’ attacks on civilians in Paris and elsewhere as the “new normal.”
Wrapping up a nine-day trip to Turkey and Asia, Obama also pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to align himself with the U.S.-led coalition, noting that the Islamic State has been accused of bringing down a Russian passenger jet last month, killing 224 people.
“He needs to go after the people who killed Russia’s citizens,” Obama said of Putin. While Russia has stepped up its air campaign in Syria, Obama said Moscow has focused its attention on moderate rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Russian ally.
He called on Russia to make a “strategic adjustment” and drop its support for Assad, insisting the violence in Syria cannot be stopped as long as Assad is in office.