Obama: Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone

September 13, 2014 11:51 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past.

Obama says under U.S. leadership more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists, who control up to a third of the territory in Iraq and Syria. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says, quote, "This can't be America's fight alone."

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