US President Barack Obama (C) speaks as Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) look on during the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL at the United Nations on September 29, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

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ERBIL – The United States will use all means necessary to defeat the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

U.S. President has chaired a U.N. gathering of representatives from 100 countries, dedicated to combating ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 

“There are going to be successes and there are going to be setbacks,” said Obama.

He added that the anti-ISIS coalition must use various means to defeat the radical group.

“We are harnessing all of our tools – military, intelligence, economic, development and the strength of our communities.”

Obama emphasized that Syria needs a new leader, expressing the U.S. willingness to cooperate with Russia and Iran in order to fight ISIS and reach a political solution for the Syrian crisis. 

The United States has been leading a coalition of over 60 countries against ISIS for more than a year.

The coalition has conducted hundreds of airstrikes against the extremist group across Syria and Iraq.

Obama declared that Nigeria, Malaysia and Tunisia are the newest members of the anti-ISIS coalition. 

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

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