by CHARLIE SPIERINGÂ
During a press conference in Estonia on Wednesday morning, President Obama was asked about the purpose of the NATO alliance, ahead of a conference with allies in Wales.
Obama described NATO as â€œunique in the annals of historyâ€ because of its success but admitted that the group had to move quickly to address evolving global threats.
â€œWe have to recognize that threats evolve, and threats have evolved as a consequence of what weâ€™ve seen in Ukraine, but threats are also evolving in the Middle East that have a direct effect on Europe,â€ he said.
He added that the â€œinternational communityâ€ needed to have an â€œinternational willâ€ to confront the threat of Islamic State terrorists.
â€œWe know that if we are joined by the international community, we will continue to shrink ISIL to where it is a manageable problem,â€ he said, admitting that terrorism was a continuation of a problem since before 9/11.
Obama warned that terrorism would continue to â€œmetastasizeâ€ in a violent way and pointed out the importance of uniting the Arab World against it.
â€œWhat weâ€™ve got to do is make sure that we are organizing the Arab world, the Middle East, the Muslim world along with the international community to isolate this cancer,â€ he said.
Obama added that the â€œparticular brandâ€ of extremism was â€œfirst and foremost destructive to the Muslim world,â€ by killing innocent citizens and damaging their economies.
â€œThey are falling behind because of this very small and narrow, but very dangerous segment of the population and weâ€™ve got to combat it in a sustained effective way, and Iâ€™m confident that weâ€™re going to do that,â€ he said.