US President Barack Obama urges hold on coalition against ISIL

United States President Barack Obama has urged members of a US-led coalition to hold course in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant against a backdrop of growing Russian military deployments to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Obama said the US-led coalition had grown to 60 nations with the addition of new members Nigeria, Tunisia and Malaysia and had beaten back ISIL from a third of the terrain it once controlled in Iraq.

According to the US President, ISIL fighters are being beaten in northeast Syria and have been repelled from almost the entire Turkey-Syrian border across which thousands of foreign fighters have travelled from overseas to swell its ranks

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