President Barack Obama presented a four-pronged approach to battling violent extremism from the likes of the Islamic State on Wednesday and pleaded with the international community for assistance during an address at the United Nations.
From the UN headquarters in New York City, Pres. Obama asked member states and the rest of the world to come together in order to combat the Islamic State — also known as ISIS, or ISIL — in the midst of a months-long campaign of violence in the Middle East that in recent days and weeks has been met with military strikes from the United States and its allies.
Speaking at first generally of what he referred to as the dangers posed by religiously motivated fanatics such as members of Al-Qaeda, Pres. Obama soon after set his sights specifically on the Islamic State and asked his audience in the General Assembly to consider a blueprint that aims to eradicate those groups by first eliminating ISIS before taking a broader approach intended to curb the creation of similar factions in the future.