US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 24, 2013
US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 24, 2013. Obama has warned that the United States is ready to use military force to protect US and global interests in the Middle East and Africa. © Spencer Platt - Getty Images/AFP
US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 24, 2013
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Last updated: September 24, 2013

US will use force to secure Middle East interests

US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the United States was ready to use military force to protect US and global interests in the Middle East and Africa.

"The United States is chastised for meddling in the region, and accused of having a hand in all manner of conspiracy," Obama told the UN General Assembly. But he warned there was no change in US policy in the Middle East and Africa and that Washington "is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region."

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