The US and UK unite against Islamist ISIL militants
Newscast Media NEWPORT, Wales—President Obama and British Prime Minister David
Cameron say their countries will not be intimidated by “barbaric killers.” Their
comments come after Islamic State militants killed two American journalists.
The leaders co-authored an opinion piece in the Times of London newspaper as NATO
officials take part in a summit in Britain.
Obama has called for international action to counter Islamic State militants who have
taken control of large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
The group has released videos showing the beheading of American journalists James
Foley and Steven Sotloff, saying their killings were retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in
Iraq targeting the Islamic State.
Obama plans to host a U.N. Security Council session later in September to address
the threat posed by foreign fighters like those who have traveled to join terrorist
groups in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said September 3 that more than 100 U.S.
citizens are fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States
and its coalition partners have to do everything possible to stop the Islamic State
Hagel said on CNN television that the beheadings of Sotloff and Foley made him sick
to his stomach.
The president said September 3 that those who killed the journalists have failed in
whatever they are trying to achieve because the world is “repulsed by their
U.S. Vice President Biden said the United States will relentlessly follow the killers of
the two Americans “to the gates of hell.”
The militant speaking in the Sotloff video threatened the life of British hostage David
Cawthorne Haines, who has been described as a security officer for aid agencies.