President Takes Strong Stand Against Militant Group ISIS
Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 11:48 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - As FOX's Leland Vittert shows us, the President is calling for a global alliance to go after the militants.
"If they think the American people will be intimidated, they don't know us very well," says Vice President Joe Biden.
"We will not be intimidated," says President Obama.
Both the President and Vice President on Wednesday issue warnings to the extremist group that took responsibility for beheading 2 American journalists.
"We will degrade and destroy the Islamic State so that it is no longer a threat to Iraq, the region and the United States," says President Obama.
The Islamic State released a video that showed a militant beheading a 2nd American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The execution is putting more pressure on the President to step up efforts to contain ISIS.
President Obama is sending 350 more troops into Iraq and says that regional cooperation, airstrikes and ground efforts will defeat the terrorist group.
"We have to stop ISIS, not stop them, but we have to defeat them," says Senator John McCain (R-AZ). "There's no doubt in my mind or anyone else's that we have to defeat them."
Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers consider the Islamic State a danger to the U.S. Many lawmakers are calling for expanded military action, particularly airstrikes in Syria where ISIS is based.
"We are at war with ISIS and should treat it as such," says Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX). "and take more decisive action."
The United Arab Emirates Ambassador today released a bold statement on the need to challenge growing extremism in the Middle East, becoming the first Arab nation to issue such a response.
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