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    President's Remarks on ISIL

    President Obama (Aug. 28): "Countries in the region ... increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I've asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that's needed to meet this threat."

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    U.S. Continues Airstrikes Near Irbil, Mosul Dam

    U.S. military forces continue to support Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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    President's Statement on Murder of James Foley

    "The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there."

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  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri, from Edgartown, Massachusetts, August 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Obama's Update on Iraq and Ferguson

    The long-term strategy against ISIL requires an inclusive Iraqi government that can unite all of Iraq’s communities against ISIL’s terrorism. The President outlined the “historic progress” Iraq has made toward this goal and the work that remains:

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  • President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade at the White House with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Dec. 7, 2009

    President's Call with Prime Minister Erdogan

    The President spoke today with Prime Minister Erdogan to congratulate him on his election as the 12th President of the Republic of Turkey and wish him well as he begins his term later this month.

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    Secretary John Kerry's New York Times Op-ed: 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, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force." 

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    Under Secretary Novelli Travels to Turkey and Germany

    Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli will travel to Istanbul, Ankara, and Berlin, September 1-5. In Istanbul, she will be the senior U.S. Government official participating in the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and will deliver remarks at a High Level Event hosted by the Turkish Government on September 1 and the IGF’s Opening Session on September 2.  Blog Post: "The Internet Belongs to Everyone" »

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    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Turkey to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Ankara, Turkey to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President-elect of the Republic of Turkey on August 28, 2014. Mr. Jess L. Baily, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the United States to the Republic of Turkey, will attend the Inauguration. 

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    Press Statement on Today's Cease-fire Agreement

    "We strongly support today’s cease-fire agreement, and call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms. We hope very much that this cease-fire will prove to be durable and sustainable, that it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks, and that it will help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict in Gaza." 

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    Presidential Proclamation -- Women's Equality Day, 2014

    "On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing for women the fundamental right to vote. The product of decades spent organizing, protesting, and agitating, it was a turning point on the long march toward equality for all, and it inspired generations of courageous women who took up this unfinished struggle in their own time." 

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    Press Statement by John Kerry: Murder of James Foley

    James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism. 

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    Statement by the President on the Completion by the M/V Cape Ray of the Destruction of Syria’s Declared Chemical Weapons

    "The most lethal declared chemical weapons possessed by the Syrian regime were destroyed by dedicated U.S. civilian and military professionals using a unique American capability aboard the M/V Cape Ray – and they did so aboard that U.S. vessel several weeks ahead of schedule." 

  • USAID is deploying assistance to Iraq. (USAID Image)
    Assistance to Iraq

    USAID is deploying humanitarian response experts to key locations in the region to help manage and coordinate U.S. Government support of the Government of Iraq's humanitarian aid effort for those displaced by ISIL. 

  • A Liberian woman holds a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading. (AP Image)
    Response to the Ebola Virus

    The United States is working with the World Health Organization and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus as quickly as possible. 

  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq from Chilmark, Mass., August 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    Statement by the President on Iraq

    (Aug 11): Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there.   Video »

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    Secretary Kerry's Press Statement on Iraq's Government Formation Process

    (Aug 11): The U.S. welcomes Iraqi President Fuad Masum’s charging of the nominee of the largest bloc in the Council of Representatives, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, with the formation of a new government. 

  • Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Paris to Discuss Gaza Strip Cease-fire (Photo: US Department of State)
    Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish FM Davutoglu

    Secretary Kerry: I’m delighted to have a chance to be able to welcome my colleagues, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid Attiyah, here to the American Embassy in Paris.  Photos »

  • President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq - August 07, 2014 (Official White House Photo)
    Statement by the President on Iraq

    (Aug 7): Today I authorized two operations in Iraq -- targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.   Video »

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