America not at war with Islam: Obama

America not at war with Islam: Obama

"Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam," he said.

President Barack Obama has said that America is "not at war with Islam" but with people who have perverted the religion, asserting that militant groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda do not speak for a billion Muslims who reject their extremist ideology.

 

"We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam," Obama said at a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

 

Obama asked Western and Muslim leaders to unite to defeat the "false promises of extremism" and reject the notion that "terrorist" groups represent Islam, as he called for a focus on preventing "terrorists" from recruiting others.

 

"Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam," he said.

 

"That’s why ISIL presumes to declare itself the Islamic State and they propagate the notion that America, and the West generally, is at war with Islam. That’s how they recruit. That’s how they try to radicalize young people," he added.