US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday declared that their nations will “not be cowed” by extremists who killed two American journalists.
“We will be more forthright in the defence of our values, not least because a world of greater freedom is a fundamental part of how we keep our people safe,” the leaders wrote in a joint editorial in the Times of London.
Their comments come as world leaders gather at a golf resort in Wales for a high-stakes NATO summit. The official agenda will focus on the crisis in Ukraine and the drawdown of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, but the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria will dominate discussions on the sidelines of the summit.
Both the US and Britain are deeply concerned about the potential threat to their homelands that could come from the foreign fighters who have joined the violent Islamic State group.
Obama and Cameron appear to suggest that NATO should play a role in containing the militants, but were not specific in what action they would seek from the alliance.
Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having travelled abroad to fight with terrorist groups. The two leaders were to visit with students at a local school today morning before joining their counterparts from France, Germany and Italy to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was also to join the discussion in a show of Western solidarity with his embattled nation.