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San Bernardino Attack: Obama Vows To Overcome Terror Threat

US President, Barack Obama, in a rare oval office address, says the San Bernardino killings were “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people”. … Continue reading San Bernardino Attack: Obama Vows To Overcome Terror Threat


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obamaUS President, Barack Obama, in a rare oval office address, says the San Bernardino killings were “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people”.

But he said “freedom is more powerful than fear” and warned that falling prey to divisiveness in American society would play into the hands of extremists.

President Obama on Sunday, issued his most passionate denunciation yet of ISIS, vowing to “destroy” the group in a relentless, strong and smart campaign that is consistent with the nation’s values.

“Dark Path Of Radicalisation”

The President, speaking in the symbolic surroundings of the Oval Office, unequivocally told millions of television viewers in prime-time that last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, was a terrorist attack by a couple who had gone down the “dark path of radicalisation” and embraced a “perverted” form of Islam.

“The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organisation that tries to harm us.”

In an appeal that will likely anger conservatives, Obama demanded tougher gun control, saying it was a key part of combating ISIS. He said it is currently too easy for people who want to harm Americans to buy guns.

“Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security,” Obama said, and also argued it should be harder to buy powerful assault weapons like those used in the San Bernardino attacks that killed 14 people.

“What we can do and must do, is make it harder for them to kill,” Obama said.