U.S. President Barack Obama tells a UN summit on combating Islamic State that the fight will long but that their coalition effort will ultimately prevail. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday (September 29) chaired a United Nations summit of states combating to degrade Islamic State, saying that the fight will long but that the coalition against the insurgents will ultimately prevail. Obama told the gathering that their presence at the summit constituted a "global movement" to degrade the hardline insurgents and that the collective strategy to destroy the group is "informed" by the same coalition effort that led to a degrading of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama said some 60 nations have partnered in the effort to destroy Islamic State, including some two dozen states that are also involved in the military campaign against the group. The United States, France and allied countries are bombing Islamic State militants, who have exploited power vacuums to seize parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq as part of a stated goal of creating an Islamic caliphate. Obama also cautioned that the fight will be a long-term campaign marked by both successes and setbacks. He reiterated his statement from the previous day at the United Nations General Assembly that defeating ISIL in Syria could not be done while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Ultimately, Obama said, the fight against Islamic State overall will not be won on the battlefield alone but also by addressing the political, economic and cultural issues of the regions affected by ISIL.