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President Obama vowed to “destroy” Islamist State terrorists in a prime-time address Wednesday that sought to restore eroding public confidence in his leadership and ability to safeguard national security.

The president announced a “systematic campaign of airstrikes” against fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “wherever they exist,” signaling U.S. targets will expand from Iraq to Syria.

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