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Obama says rooting out Islamic State will not be easy

Reuters

August 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

<em>President Barack Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 26. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters</em>

President Barack Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 26. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to go after the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley and said rooting out the militant group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

"America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama told veterans gathered at a convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama, who ordered airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq and may expand them into Syria, said he would do whatever is necessary to go after those who harm Americans.

"Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won't be easy and it won't be quick," he said, referring to an acronym the United States uses for Islamic State.

Reporting By Mark Felsenthal Steve Holland; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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