President Obama: U.S. Will Lead Broad Coalition Against the Islamic State 'Wherever They Exist'

President Obama will say on Wednesday night that the U.S. will lead a broad coalition of nations agains the Islamic State militants "wherever they exist."

“So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat," Obama will say tonight in prepared remarks. "Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

With the shadow of the 2003 invasion of Iraq looming over the White House, Obama will approach the fight against the Islamic State with caution.

“I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," Obama will say. "It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

The president is expected to address the nation at 9pm ET on Wednesday night.

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