Islamic State Defeat Hinges on Stable Syria, Obama Says

Posted on AllSides February 19th, 2015
From The Center

President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that U.S. and international efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group may only be achieved after a political transition in Syria.

Mr. Obama, addressing dignitaries dozens of nations at a White House-sponsored summit on violent extremism, said the civil war in Syria gave rise to the Islamic State and charged President Bashar al-Assad with stoking sectarian tensions.

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