Obama: Military force alone can't address extremism

Obama: Military force alone can’t address extremism

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the fight against terrorism cannot be won with military force alone, but will require the defeat of extremist ideology.

Obama told newsmen in Los Angeles.

“We know that military force alone cannot solve this problem nor can we simply take out terrorists who kill innocent civilians.

“We also have to confront the violent extremists, the propagandists, recruiters and enablers.

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“Although they may not directly engage in terrorist acts themselves, but they radicalise, recruit and incite others to do so,’’ he noted.

The White House is hosting a three-day summit on countering violent extremism this week with the focus on empowering local communities to keep young people from joining terrorist groups like Islamic State.

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He pointed to community efforts in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Boston that involve local Muslim communities in combating extremist ideologies.

“The world has to offer today’s youth something better,’’ Obama wrote.

He called on governments worldwide to respect human rights and bolster opportunities for youth to diminish the allure of terrorist groups.

The summit would end on Thursday at the State Department with government ministers and officials from some 60 countries discussing efforts to combat foreign fighters and extremism. (dpa/NAN)

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