WASHINGTON: Observing that "instability will continue for decades" in many parts of the world including Afghanistan and Pakistan, US President Barack Obama on Wedensday said both al-Qaida and ISIS pose a direct threat to the US during his final State of the Union Address to the Congress.
"Both al-Qaida and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage," Obama said.
In his eight State of the Union Address, Obama said terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIL (also known as ISIS Islamic State militant group) use the internet to poison the minds of individuals inside the country; they undermine American allies.
"But as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence," Obama said.
"That's the story ISIL wants to tell; that's the kind of propaganda they use to recruit," he asserted, according to Times of India.