Obama in Britain ahead of NATO summit

NEWPORT – US President Barack Obama landed in Britain on Wednesday on the eve of a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit of Western leaders, an AFP photographer saw.

Obama was one of 67 leaders taking part the talks, which were expected to focus on the conflict in Ukraine and the threat of Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria. Obama arrived at a British air force base from ex-Soviet satellite Estonia, where the conflict in Ukraine had raised fears of Russian aggression.

He said that NATO should send an unmistakable message of support to Ukraine and promised additional US planes would police the skies over Europe's eastern flank bordering Russia. Obama also called for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American reporter, as Britain and France weighed military action.

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