CNN's Amanpour to secretary of state: Is leader of Khorasan Group dead?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that he "can't personally confirm" whether the leader of terrorist organization Khorasan Group was killed in airstrikes.
Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, airstrikes were carried out against five more targets, four in Iraq and one in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN. There was one strike by a U.S. aircraft and another by a coalition plane on an ISIS staging area near the Iraqi border but inside Syria, northwest of Al Qa'im, damaging eight ISIS vehicles.
Kerry: 'This will take time'
The secretary of state confirmed there will "definitely" be a third day of strikes in Syria. "This is going to go on," he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Kerry said everyone is "fixated" on strikes but should keep in mind that strikes against ISIS and other terrorists are a "broad" and long-term effort.
Kerry: ISIS not gone, but 'onslaught' stopped
Conceding that U.S. airstrikes haven't flushed out ISIS in Iraq, Kerry said the strikes nonetheless have "stopped the onslaught" of violence in parts of the country. Airstrikes have been effective in halting ISIS' march toward Irbil and Baghdad and taking other important territory, he told Amanpour.
Kerry: Allies recognize 'fundamental evil' of ISIS
ISIS militants "raised the threat level" to such a degree, the international community knows it must fight against them. "It's a fight that involves all of us," Kerry told Amanpour. The Islamist fighters' barbaric methods challenge basic human values and stability of states in the Middle East, Kerry said, and those who are working with the United States to degrade and defeat ISIS recognize the "fundamental evil" that ISIS fighters are committing.
White House spokesman to CNN: Obama's speech will be 'optimistic'
Josh Earnest told CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo that President Barack Obama's speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday morning will convey a "forward-looking, optimistic vision" concerning several global issues. Beyond ISIS, Obama will talk about a coalition to 'confront Iran" to bring the nation into compliance with international law governing nuclear weapons.
Ex-Rep. Ron Paul doesn't need to hear Obama's speech
Obama has arrived at the United Nations in New York
Cameras captured the President coming up an escalator and entering a hall with first lady Michelle Obama.
Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto is covering the President's speech, on air now with Wolf Blitzer.
Obama has started his speech
He said "the very existence" of the United Nations "is a unique achievement – the people of the world committing to resolve their differences peacefully, and solve their problems together. I often tell young people in the United States that this is the best time in human history to be born, for you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, and to be free to pursue your dreams."
Obama calls for 'urgent' action
The President implored: "Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms of a broader problem – the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world. We have not invested adequately in the public health capacity of developing countries.
"Too often, we have failed to enforce international norms when it’s inconvenient to do so. And we have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe."
Obama says 'we' have a choice
"We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability," he said.
40 nations, now the world
President Obama told the United Nations that "over 40 nations have offered to join this coalition" to fight against ISIS. "Today, I ask the world to join in this effort," he said.
Obama on Russia
"Russia's actions in Ukraine challenge this postwar order," Obama said.
'Impose a cost on Russia'
U.S. President Barack Obama said at the United Nations: "America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and counter falsehoods with the truth."
Obama quotes JFK
As Obama began talking about ISIS and terrorism in his speech at the United Nations, he quoted former President John F. Kennedy.
"Terror is not a new weapon," Obama said. "Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example."
Obama: 'No God condones terror'
"No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning -- no negotiation -- with this brand of evil," the President said, referring to terrorists. "The only language understood" by such killers "is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.
Obama on Boko Haram, ISIS and al Qaeda
If "confronted," terrorism groups like al Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS will "wilt and die," Obama told the United Nations. "Different faiths" must be brought together to help defeat terrorism, he said.
The United States does not intend to "occupy foreign lands," Obama said.
Obama said the U.S. has waged a "focused campaign" against al Qaeda and its associates, and at the same time he made it clear that the U.S. is "not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace."
Obama: Campaign against terrorism must go beyond 'narrow security challenge'
The President noted that even though al Qaeda has been degraded around the world, we must address persistent problems that cannot be solved with security strategy alone. He said that in some places in the Middle East and North Africa, a "quarter of the young people have no job; food and water could grow scarce; corruption is rampant; and sectarian conflicts have become increasingly hard to contain."
Obama: A resolution for United Nations
The Security Council will adopt a resolution later Wednesday that "underscores the responsibility of the states to counter violent extremism. But resolutions must be followed by tangible commitments, so we're accountable when we fall short. Next year, we should all be prepared to announce the concrete steps that we have taken to counter extremist ideologies. ..." the President said.
Obama has ended his speech
His speech wrapped up just before 11 a.m. ET.
Obama comments on Russia a risk?
The President said that "we will impose a cost on Russia for aggression," a forceful statement that CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, said was risky considering that Russia has a seat at the U.N. Security Council and might not cooperate with the U.S. as a result.
David Gergen, a senior CNN political analyst who has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents, said after Obama's speech that he was surprised the President didn't talk about what the U.S. and its allies plan next in Syria.
Will speech reach young people in the Middle East?
CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon, now on the Turkey/Syria border, said that while the President's United Nations speech was articulate, his words probably will not resonate with those being lured to to fight with ISIS or other extremists.
Obama's sentiments about the U.S. not being at war with Islam must be "echoed by top Sunni clergy," Damon said. Allies such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia must also help stress that message, she said.
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