Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda
Monday, September 22, 2014
President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations General Assembly this week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa.
The efforts by Obama, who was elected on promises to end U.S. involvement in Iraq and reduce America’s footprint in the world, reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
“America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy,” Obama said. The president was using a term used to describe the Islamic State group.