WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the confidence on Monday that terrorist organization Daesh or ISIL will be defeated and said that there was no specific threat to the United States.
Secretary Kerry is in Abu Dhabi to hold talks about dealing with the growing clout of ISIL in the region and was also scheduled to meet Saudi officials to discuss the future course of action.
In an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie’s Today Show, Kerry said he had absolute confidence that ISIL will be defeated.
“I am just in Abu Dhabi now, we’ve just had serious meetings here, I’m about to meet with the Saudi Arabians there is a very clear focus by everybody, there is a united front, and I am absolutely convinced that Daesh will be defeated and there will be increased steps taken in order to do, Secretary Kerry said.
He asked people not to panic, in the backdrop of the Paris attacks and said that there was a strategy in place growing by the day. They are going to be defeated, and we re going to do everything in our power to hasten that journey.
Asked to comment as to how he would assure the people that there was no imminent threat, Secretary Kerry said that was no specific threat or stream or specific evidence, but added that there was always the threat of some actor, some lone-wolf, someone who slipped through. That’s the world we’re living in today and we understand that.
Secretary Kerry said that US law enforcement agencies were making all efforts and working hard and have averted many different plots against the United States.
When asked about the recent acts of terror, including the Paris attacks and the downing of Russian passenger jet, Kerry said it showed that ISIL has not yet been defeated and ‘We understand that’.
Regrettably, for four years, this war in Syria has been going on and people have been traveling from all over the world to the amazement of many people, but they have been traveling even from the United States to go fight in Syria. So some people have returned to their homelands and they have been taught the trade craft of terror.
However, he said, the coalition against Daesh that was put a year ago has made progress and about 25% of their territory that the controlled has been taken away from the Leadership has been eliminated from the battlefield. Whole towns and communities have been eliminated.
Secretary Kerry said that ISIL had been able to brought in people in other countries and has taken terrorists who already exist in those other countries and they have pledged loyalty to Daesh.
And we know there are people who are terrorists in Libya, in Yemen, in Afghanistan, and other places. What Daesh has succeeded in doing is attracting them because of what they have been doing on the ground in Syria and in Iraq, he said but added that the US and its partners have been focused on attacking them in Syria and Iraq and that will increase even more in the days ahead.