ISIL beyond anything we have seen, says US

Defence Sec. Chuck Hagel said that "ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen".

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: August 22, 2014 3:56 pm
obama-m Hagel regretted that the secret operation to rescue journalist Jim Foley in Syria, did not succeed. . (Source: Reuters/file)

The US has said that ISIL is more dangerous than a conventional terrorist group in terms of ideology, military and financial power and present an imminent threat to American people.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen.  They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess.  They are tremendously well-funded.”

“This is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready,” he said at a Pentagon news conference which was jointly addressed by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

“If they were to achieve that vision, it would fundamentally alter the face of the Middle East and create a security environment that would certainly threaten us in many ways,” Dempsey said.

Referring to the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, Hagel said, “When we look at what they did to Foley, what they threatened to do to all Americans and Europeans, I don’t know any other way to describe it other than barbaric.

“They have no standard of decency, of responsible human  behavior. They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” he said.

Hagel regretted that the secret operation launched by the US military this summer to rescue American hostages in Syria, including Jim Foley, did not succeed.

“We all regret that the mission did not succeed. The US will not relent our efforts to bring our citizens home and their captors to justice,” he said.

Hagel noted that US’ assistance helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces blunt ISIL’s advance around Irbil, where American diplomats and troops are working, and help the Iraqis retake the strategic Mosul Dam.

“A breach of the dam would have threatened the lives of thousands of Iraqis as well as Americans at our facilities in Baghdad and prevented the Iraqi government from providing critical services to its citizens,” Hagel said.

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    Shein Ariely
    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    The famous 3 monkey's reminder:Don’t see-- Don’t-hear—Don’t talkIslamism horizon is fight infidels forever until they submit to Islam.(centuries?)Western government horizon is winning the next election and compromise oneverything in order to be reelected ( 4 years?)Western media horizon is the next best selling frame and empty ideology.(5 minutes)Obama horizon is on a different planet than mother earth.----Doctors know that a disease can be cured only if you treat the root cause (Islamistideology) and not the symptoms ( the terrorist tactical tool)Without confronting globally the Islamist ideology on all the fronts, on ideology,media propaa, economy, military and the supporting states using the terrortoll, the world will deal for years to come with different Islamist organization on different areas.-----ISIL is only one additional Islamist terrorist group implementing the Islamist ideology.The world has seen, heard the Islamist ideology times again and again but alwaysis once again surprised.************!!!!!!! Will they ever learn??**********The west doesn't take seriously the Islamists preaching in a nuts:"Rome will be conquered like Constantinople"""We will conquer all Europe and the 2 Americas""Google search: com/watch?v=i08L09V0_sg*****The world refrains to recognize that all the Islamist groups have one goal and thedifferences are only in implementation details.----More than 110 Jihadist organizations worldwide- and a few examples: Al Shabbab- Hisbullah-- Boko Haram--- Al Qaida-Muslim brotherhood—Hamas—Islamist Iran—Islamic movement of Uzbekistan—Mujahidin in Chechnya—Indian mujadihin—Taliban---------And one last point:Pleasing Islamists by paying with the Israeli coin doesn't help the anyone especially the western countries.On the contrary: it is used by Islamists to united Muslims communities in the western under the Islamist flag
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    Paul Deepak
    Aug 22, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Nuke these demons who have taught young children the barbarity to behead people and carry them around.
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    subodh maheshwari
    Aug 22, 2014 at 9:48 am
    The time has come for all islamic and non-islamic countries to come together to crush ISIL because the tremor is felt all over the world. Could ISIL be the Nostradamus's Antichrist?