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UN summit discusses ways to combat ISIS - September 29, 2015

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US President Barack Obama hosted world leaders at a UN summit and called upon them to fight the violent extremism of Islamic State (ISIS) and similar organisations not just by weapons but with jobs, ideas and good governance. He stressed that military pressure alone would be insufficient to eradicate groups like the ISIS. “Ideologies are not defeated with guns,” the president said. “They are defeated by better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision.” A day earlier, speaking at the General Assembly, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin offered a more muscular strategy, defending Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Putin also claimed that the US strategy of promoting democratic transformations in the Middle East was proving counter-productive. “Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence poverty and social disaster,” the Russian president remarked. World leaders grappled with ideas on how to defeat the Islamic State, which appears to be resilient to near-continuous bombing by the US-led coalition of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/world/middleeast/at-the-un-obama-states-his-case-for-fighting-isis-with-ideas.html President Obama, world leaders, UN summit, violent extremism, Islamic State, Isis, Vladimir Putin, Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad