Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States would not succumb to fear despite recent brazen deadly terrorists attacks and vowed to continue to lead the global fight against terrorism.
“We do not succumb to fear,” Obama told a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur at the East Asia summit.
“The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we’re not afraid,” he said, using an acronym for the Sunni extremist group. “To not elevate them and to somehow buy into their fantasy that they’re doing something important.”
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Paris on November 13 in which 130 people were killed.
The militant group also claimed it downed a Russian passenger jet on October 31 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
Obama said destroying Islamic State was a realistic goal.
“We’re going to get it done and we’re going to pursue it,” he said. “It’s going to get done.”
Obama is scheduled to go to Paris later in the month for a climate change conference.