President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States and its allies are preparing to “take the fight,” to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), saying the world can’t merely “contain” the extremist militant group and must work to dismantle it.
Speaking to reporters after two days of meetings of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance in Wales, Obama said he was encouraged by the unanimous recognition of the threat to NATO member states from ISIS, and that the U.S. and international partners are preparing to act “with urgency.”
“We are going to achieve our goal,” Obama said. “We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat [ISIS].”
Obama’s language was notably stronger than his comments on the extremist group Wednesday in Estonia, when he suggested that the U.S. goal would be to contain the threat. Obama said Friday that “you can’t contain” ISIS, which has captured large swaths…