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Kirk: US must take hard line against Islamic State

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  • Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

      Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

 
Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the United States should take a hard line against the Islamic State group.

Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist. It also warns President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the group continue there'll be continued violence.

Kirk calls the reported beheading cruel and barbaric. He says the U.S. should take effective military action. He also told reporters Tuesday after an unrelated event in Chicago that Obama should "bomb the hell out of them."

Kirk says there's little hope that those who are in the hands of the group will return.

The Islamic State has conquered wide territory across Syria and Iraq and has declared itself a caliphate.

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