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Obama 'Confident' About Fight Against Islamic State Militants


U.S. President Barack Obama says he is "confident" about the creation of a broad international coalition to counter Islamic State (IS) militants and said they will ultimately be "defeated."

Obama was speaking on September 5 from the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, after NATO leaders met to discuss the threats posed by IS, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Obama said the United States will achieve its goal and the IS will be "degraded" and "destroyed."

He added that IS leaders and other extremists will be "hunted down" as Al-Qaeda members were, with the ultimate goal to dismantle the organization.

Obama said U.S. allies would join a coalition that would fight the IS militants.

The U.S. has conducted nearly 200 air strikes against the IS in Iraq in the last month.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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