Öykü Altuntaş – Mehmet Çınar / Antalya, Nov 16 () – U.S. President Barack Obama said he was not open to a shift in the fight strategy against the Islamic State (IS) and added that the IS in Iraq and Syria controled less territory than before. IS must be defeat to prevent more attacks, Obama stressed.
Obama also referred to top topic that has marked the agenda of G20 and called on that nations must screen and accept more refugees.
“The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism, most vulnerable, they are parents, children, orphans” Obama said, applauding G20’s efforts to not close their hearts to “victims of such violence”.
"Paris is not alone. We've seen tragic attacks by ISIL last week in Beirut, before that in Ankara and routinely in Iraq" said Obama, referring to deadly terror threat across the world.
At the press conference, several American journalists questioned the U.S.’ capability in question to continue efficient fight against terror threat as the coalition forces and gather and exchange knowledge before potential terror attacks.
Regarding these critics, the challenge is people who do not mind dying, Obama commented.
"We play into the IS narrative when we act as if they are a state and we use routine tactics used to fight a state that is not a state. That is not what is going on here. These are killers with fantasies of glory" he said.
The first two lines were reserved for American delegates at the conference venue. Around six security guards were at the press conference, along with a folding screen.