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 “unique in the annals of history” because of its success but admitted that the group had to move quickly to address evolving global threats.
He added that the “international community” needed to have an “international will” to confront the threat of Islamic State terrorists.
Obama warned that terrorism would continue to “metastasize” in a violent way and pointed out the importance of uniting the Arab World against it.
Obama added that the “particular brand” of extremism was “first and foremost destructive to the Muslim world,” by killing innocent citizens and damaging their economies.