Obama to reveal Isis strategy – but pledges ‘no Iraq war’

Barack Obama will soon announce his plan to tackle Isis, which may include sending more support to Kurdish peshmerga troops fighting Isis in Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

The Arab League calls for members to support efforts against Isis, as Obama seeks to widen coalition against the extremists

Barack Obama will announce a new US “game plan” for an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) this week, the US president said on Sunday as efforts to build an international coalition against the extremists made progress.

The US president – who had been derided for saying last month he did not have a strategy to contend with Isis – said he would seek congressional support on Tuesday and then “describe what our game plan’s going to be” in a speech on Wednesday.

“I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” the president told NBC’s Meet the Press programme, broadcast on Sunday. “The next phase is now to start going on some offence.”

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