Obama: Islamic State a cancer, US will do what it must

Edgartown - US President Barack Obama called for a joint effort to eliminate the "cancer" of jihadist terror in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, after Islamic State militants murdered an American journalist.

Obama said the entire world was appalled by the beheading of 40-year-old reporter James Foley, which the Islamic State fighters videotaped and published on the Internet.

"There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so it does not spread. It has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies," Obama said.

"One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century," he said, using the acronym for the group when it was formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

He said the group speaks for no true religion, and threatens Moslems and non-Moslems alike.

"Their victims are overwhelmingly Moslem and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day," Obama said.

He said he had spoken to the parents of Foley, a freelance reporter who contributed to GlobalPost, AFP and other outlets before being kidnapped two years ago, and "told them we are all heartbroken at their loss”.

Meanwhile, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has said that they have not yet identified the man with the British accent in the video.
- Reuters
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Menzi Gladile 2014-08-20 07:30:24 PM
So the second guy is gonna die?
Bobby Muller 2014-08-20 07:35:53 PM
This coming from a man who is a Muslim himself and born in some African country ! Jip
Marc Moon 2014-08-20 07:41:21 PM
Don't see any difference between beheading one journalist and firing rockets at civilians, but anyway.
Ash Nkomo 2014-08-20 07:49:54 PM
Now you going to bomb those countries, again? Yerr maar Obama sani jy's n qwerty.
Ash Nkomo 2014-08-20 07:52:45 PM
Oh, you already are. How stuoid of me.
Sean Potgieter 2014-08-20 07:52:55 PM
If you want to truly impress your critics, how about removing the Muslim Brotherhood snakes and sympathizers from your administration Mr. President????? ISIS is just one head of the hydra that is Islamic terrorism.
Ash Nkomo 2014-08-20 07:53:01 PM
Oh, you already are. How stupid of me.
Sean Lock 2014-08-20 07:58:51 PM
Blow them away. Send them back to hell !!!!!!!
Ã…bshir Fire Cadde 2014-08-20 07:59:14 PM
USA was bombing other countries since world war 1 and still bombing then they got no solution but destruction and killing more innocents in the name of war against terrorism
Des Cider 2014-08-20 08:18:01 PM
US State a mild chill.. it will do nothing...again...again...