The United States stood firm today in its fight with Islamic State group militants who beheaded a US journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage.
The US military continued its airstrikes against the group as President Barack Obama denounced the group as a “cancer” threatening the entire region.
“We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” Mr Obama said.
Calling for a global response to the group that now controls territory in both Iraq and Syria, Mr Obama condemned the group’s murder of journalist James Foley, whose death he said had left America heartbroken.
In forceful remarks, Mr Obama accused the Islamic State of torturing, raping and murdering thousands of people in “cowardly acts of violence”.
“ISIL speaks for no religion,” Mr Obama said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”
His remarks affirmed that the US would not change its military posture in Iraq in response to Mr Foley’s killing.