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  • President Obama at MacDill Air Force Base

    "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven"

    On September 17, 2014, President Obama spoke to service members at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL and to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

    U. S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 17): "The United States will not go it alone. That has been a fundamental principle on which President Obama has sought to organize this effort. And that is why we are building a coalition, a global coalition."

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  • Under Secretary Wendy Sherman (Georgetown University Screenhot image)

    U.S. Policy in the Middle East

    Under Secretary Sherman (Sept. 16): "America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots. The internal divides, historic rivalries, and contemporary competitions feed off of one another."

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the press with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey on September 12, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Press Availability in Ankara

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 12): "So we have a superb team in place to lead our work in the coalition to take on ISIL and to help the innocent people of Iraq and Syria and elsewhere to be able to rebuild their lives. And we will continue to consult closely with our partners...."

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey on September 12, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Remarks With FM Cavusoglu Before Meeting

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 12): We’ve had very in-depth conversations about all of the subjects on which Turkey and the United States are deeply involved. And we are important partners, obviously, in NATO, but not just in NATO.

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    Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

    Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Sept. 16): "When it comes to Turkey, we share a partnership with them that’s essential. They play a key role, obviously, in the region, and ISIL is a threat to Turkey’s security." 

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (State Dept. Image)
    Kerry’s Roundtable Discussion in Paris on ISIL, U.N., Mideast

    Secretary Kerry: Thirty delegations, twenty-six countries. And I looked over across the table and saw the Shia foreign minister – not to be sectarian, but in view of what has happened there – sitting next to the – Barzani chief of staff representing Kurds with a new president of Iraq, with all of these countries assembled in order to focus on ISIL. And I have to tell you, two months ago none of you – most people would not have predicted that was possible. This is an incredible transformation that has taken place through diplomacy over the course of the last two months.  

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    U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

    (Sept. 12): Secretary Kerry announced the U.S. is providing nearly $500 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. The funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict in March 2011 to more than $2.9 billion. 

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    National Day of Service and Remembrance

    "On this solemn anniversary, we pause in remembrance, in reflection, and once again in unity. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men, women, and children -- friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters -- were taken from us with a heartbreaking swiftness and cruelty." 

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (White House Image)
    President Obama's Address on the ISIL Threat

    President Obama (Sept. 10): "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy."  Video »

  • Remarks by President Obama and President Erdoğan of Turkey Before Bilateral Meeting (White House image)
    Obama and Erdoğan Before Bilateral Meeting

    "President Erdoğan is one of the key leaders of our Alliance, and Turkey obviously serves an extraordinarily important role in the Alliance in part because it is a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and the Muslim world."  Video »

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (State Dept. Image)
    Formation of the Iraqi Government

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 8): "The Iraqi parliament approved a new and inclusive government, one that has the potential to unite all of Iraq's diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united Iraq."  Video »

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (White House Image)
    President Obama at the NATO Summit

    President Obama held a press conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales, and discussed a number of issues, including ISIL and the situation in Ukraine.  Video »

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (DOD)
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Turkey Visit

    "The consistency of commitment of the Turkish government to their role, not only as a critically important NATO partner, but as a leader in this part of the world, done an exceptional job over many, many years of building an economy and opportunity for their people." 

  • Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf (State Dept. Image)
    Daily Press Briefing: Nominees Awaiting Senate Action

    Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Sept. 5): "We think the Senate should confirm John Bass and all of our other ambassadors who are waiting – I think the longest now is over 400 days – as soon as possible." 

  • Under Secretary Catherine Novelli (Photo: U.S. Consulate Istanbul Staff)
    Under Secretary Catherine Novelli's Istanbul Visit

    Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli has visited İstanbul to participate in the UN's Ninth Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting  Photo Gallery »

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko (State Dept. Image)
    Support For Ukraine

    Sec.Kerry: "President Obama is very committed to moving on the next tranche of sanctions, with hopes always that a ceasefire and a real process of disengagement with Russian troops leaving Ukraine and the border being closed ... can follow." 

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo)
    To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help

    In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries...   New Yok Times Op-ed »

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