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Obama calls for global effort against spread of extremist ideas
Obama calls for global effort against spread of extremist ideas

President Obama said Wednesday that using the term “Islamic extremism” only grants terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State “the legitimacy they seek” as he called for a broader effort to prevent alienated young people from taking up violent causes. In his most direct response to date of critics of his rhetorical choices, Obama said the Islamic State and Al Qaeda had been successful in recruiting disaffected Muslims by portraying themselves as “holy warriors in defense of Islam,” a notion he called “a lie.” “They are not religious leaders; they are terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who...

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