Obama calls on Congress to pass Islamic State war resolution

US President Barack Obama calls on Congress to pass a resolution authorizing military force in the fight against Islamic State.

"Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks," Obama says, but stresses that Islamic State does "not threaten our national existence."

The current military action has been taken under authorization provided after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In his State of the Union address, Obama also urges Americans not "echo the lie" that Islamic State is representative of Islam, but to recognize Islamic State terrorists for "what they are - killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed."

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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