By JOSH LEDERMAN, Linked Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Sunday that the United States and its international partners “will not relent” in the fight against the Islamic State, insisting the planet 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 final month, killing 224 folks.
“He requirements to go following the individuals who killed Russia’s citizens,” Obama stated of Putin.
The president spoke in Malaysia shortly ahead of departing for Washington. The trip also took him to the Philippines and Turkey, exactly where he met with Putin on the sidelines of an international summit.
Even though Russia has stepped up its air campaign in Syria, Obama mentioned Moscow has focused its interest on moderate rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Russian ally. He called on Russia to make a “strategic adjustment” and drop its help for Assad, insisting the violence in Syria can’t be stopped as lengthy as Assad is in workplace.
“It will not work to preserve him in power,” Obama stated. “We cannot quit the fighting.”
Practically 5 years of fighting between the Assad government and rebels has created a vacuum that permitted the Islamic State to thrive in both Syria and Iraq. The militant group is now setting its sights on targets outside its stronghold, like the attacks in Paris that killed 130 folks and wounded hundreds far more.
French President Francois Hollande is due to meet with Obama at the White Residence on Tuesday to discuss approaches to bolster the international coalition fighting the Islamic State. Hollande then heads to Russia for talks with Putin.
The Paris attacks have heightened fears of terrorism in the West and also sparked a debate in the U.S. about accepting refugees from Syria. It really is unclear regardless of whether any of the terrorists in the Paris attacks exploited the refugee system to enter Europe, even though Obama has insisted that is not a genuine security threat in the United States.
Nevertheless, the Property passed legislation final week essentially blocking Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the U.S. Democrats in huge numbers abandoned the president, with 47 voting for the legislation. Possessing secured a veto-proof majority in the Residence, supporters are now hoping for a repeat in the Senate, even though Obama works to shift the conversation to milder visa waiver changes that wouldn’t affect Syrian refugees.
Obama has focused his ire on Republicans all through the trip, harshly criticizing GOP lawmakers and presidential candidates for acting contrary to American values. He took a softer tone Sunday, saying he understands Americans’ issues but urging them not to give into fear.
He stated the Islamic State “can’t beat us on the battlefield so they attempt to terrorize us into becoming afraid.”
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