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Obama: 'We will degrade, and ultimately destroy' ISIS, without U.S. combat troops

President Obama will lay out a strategy tonight for a coordinated campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — without involving American combat troops on the ground — according to early excerpts from the address released by the White House.

So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy...

But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. [The White House]

Obama will deliver the full address from the White House at 9 p.m. ET.