Sunday 22 October 2017

Obama's next move under scrutiny like never before

President Obama
President Obama
David Usborne

David Usborne

US President Barack Obama vowed boldly yesterday to degrade and destroy Isil, the radical Sunni militant movement in Syria and Iraq that said this week it had killed a second American journalist.

But then Mr Obama characteristically signalled that he will not be rushed into military action by that group, which in recent months has consumed large swathes of Syria and Iraq, or anyone else.

"Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists," Mr Obama said during a one-day visit to Estonia.

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