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Plane shootdown complicates fight against Islamic State as French president


He and President Barack Obama will be discussing the fight against the extremists believed to be behind the attacks in Paris. ISIS “cannot be tolerated”.

“Biden said everyone knows what needs to be done and there’s no doubt we’ll prevail, but we need to do a hell of a lot more“.

France has stepped up its airstrikes following the Paris attacks, relying in part on USA intelligence to hit targets in Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Syria.

Under pressure from politicians at home and Russian maneuvering overseas, the Obama administration is moving this week to reassert leadership of the worldwide fight against the Islamic State group.

He said Tuesday greater cooperation between the United States and Russian Federation is required in battling ISIS, though persistent US skepticism about Putin’s intentions in Syria have until now prevented any significant military coordination between the two countries.

“My grandson said we should up sticks and move to the south of the Yser river, just like in World War I (after the Germans invaded)”, said Michel, a retired man from a Dutch-speaking suburb.

He said the United States has so far been contributing the most in terms of humanitarian assistance and in the military effort, but that the country has some unique capabilities and is glad to do so. He paid tribute to an American student who died, as well as the USA band that was performing in a theater that was attacked.

Rhodes said Obama is likely to pay tribute to the people of Paris during his trip, and said he and other world leaders will attend the climate talks as a “clear sign of strength and resilience in the face of terrorism”. The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible US politics” that focused on fighting Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism, Medvedev said Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to Interfax.

But amid the increased vigilance, the president warned that Americans shouldn’t give in to fear or allow fear to divide the country.

“Bashar Assad can not be the future of Syria“, Hollande said.

“Current information suggests that ISIL, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions”, said a State Department travel advisory. “Experts say the U.S.’s distrust of Putin could complicate the Obama-Hollande relationship.Simond de Galbert, a former French diplomat who now is a visiting fellow at Washington’s Center for Strategic and global Studies, expects trust in Putin could be a point of contention between Hollande and Obama”.

The French president is also scheduled to meet with the leaders of Germany, Italy and China as part of his project to build “a broad, single coalition” against the militants.

In remarks to reporters after his meeting with Hollande, Obama strongly condemned the massacre in Paris, calling it assault on “the very idea that people of different races and religions and backgrounds can live together in peace”.

He called for closing the Turkish-Syrian border to slow the movement of foreign fighters, as well as Assad’s “departure” from power.

The two leaders are expected to come out with a joint strategy to defeat the Islamic State.

The loss of the Russian plane also underscores Obama’s concerns about instituting a so-called no-fly zone in northern Syria, which some presidential candidates have called for in criticizing Obama’s strategy against Islamic State.

The White House had no immediate comment on how the shoot-down of the Russian plane would impact the talks between Obama and Hollande.

Some steps were in motion before the Paris attack, he said, such as a decision to deploy a small number of US special forces to Syria and the continuing efforts toward a cease-fire between Syria’s government and rebel groups.

Obama to Meet France's Hollande to Discuss Terror Fight