In a nationally televised event on Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation concerning recent threats posed by ISIS, a terrorist organization located in the Middle East.
Nearly a month ago, ISIS released a video of the beheading of James Foley, an American photojournalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012. Just two weeks later, ISIS released a similar video, this time showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, an American journalist who was abducted in 2013.
According to The New York Times, the U.S. government initiated a series of airstrikes in Iraq in early August.
In the video of Foley’s beheading, his executioner states, “You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army, an estate that has been accepted by a number of Muslims worldwide. So, effectifvely, any agression towards the Islamic State is an aggression towards Muslims of all walks of life who have accepted the Islamic Caliphate as their leadership.”
Moments before Foley’s murder, the ISIS militant stated, “any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic Caliphate, will result in the bloodshed of you people.”
Last night, as Obama stepped up to the lectern, he addressed the country’s [word] concerns.
“[ISIS] is not ‘Islamic,’” Obama said. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”
He continued his speech by outlining his strategy to overcome ISIS’s threats. According to CNN, Obama intends to expand airstrikes to ISIS targets in Syria, while sending 475 noncombat ground troops to Iraq.
He also stated his intent to extend humanitarian aid to Muslims and Christians, as well as other religious minorities in Iraq, stating, “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.”
Above all, Obama emphasized his crucial response to ISIS militants: “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, The Telegraph and CNN was used in this report.