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Obama vows to fight, build coalition against IS

File photo of US President Barack Obama.
File photo of US President Barack Obama.
File photo of US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama today vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first US-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort.

"Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said before leaving the White House for the United Nations in New York.

Obama said the strength of the coalition, now at more than 40 countries, including five Arab states that took part in Tuesday's air campaign, shows the fight against such militants is not America's alone.

"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said. "The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this not America's fight alone."

Obama made spoke at 10 am today, following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, before departing the White House for New York City to attend the UN climate meeting.

The United States and Arab allies began bombing in Syria for the first time today, pursuing a campaign against militants in a war at the heart of the Middle East. The United States has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq for weeks. Islamic State vowed revenge for the attacks in Syria.

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