2013 – 2017

Formed a Coalition to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

The terrorist group known as ISIL was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq. Though it calls itself the “Islamic State,” it is neither Islamic nor a state. It is a terrorist organization that has perverted a religion into a dangerous ideology.

On September 10, 2014, President Obama announced the formation of a broad international coalition to defeat ISIL. Since then, the United States has led 66 international partners in a global coalition to counter ISIL with a focus on liberating ISIL-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria. The mission was aimed at striking ISIL at its core, degrading its networks, and constraining its prospects for expansion.

(Left) President Barack Obama convenes a meeting with Arab coalition leaders in the fight against the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq and Syria, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2014.

(Center) Attendees take notes during President Barack Obama’s briefing on the campaign against the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq and Syria, held at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2014.

(Right) President Barack Obama participates in a briefing on the campaign against the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq and Syria, held at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2014. The President is seated next to Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command.

(Courtesy Barack Obama Presidential Library)

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