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Obama promises 'long-term' strategy against IS

Smoke billows after an US air strike near the Mosul dam, on the Tigris river in Iraq on August 17, 2014
Smoke billows after a US air strike near Iraq's Mosul dam, on the Tigris river, August 17, 2014, near the northern city of Mosul

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has embarked on a long-term mission to defeat the insurgents of the so-called "Islamic State" fighting in Iraq.

"We will continue to pursue a long-term strategy to turn the tide against ISIL by supporting the new Iraqi government and working with key partners in the region," Obama said, using another acronym by which the group is known.