"We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, in the same way we went after Al Qaida," he said after a NATO summit meeting in Newport, Wales. "You can't contain an organization [such as this]. The goal has to be to dismantle them."
His comments were significantly stronger than those on Wednesday, when he said the goal of an international coalition to fight IS was to reach "the point where it is a manageable problem." His words Friday echoed the hawkish remarks made earlier in the week by secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden. Obama added NATO understands it has "a critical role to play in rolling back this savage organization that is causing chaos in the region."
Obama added that, despite a cease-fire agreed upon Friday by Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists, sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine would be expanded. He also reassured allies in eastern Europe that NATO would increase its military presence there.