Threat of ISIS demands a global coalition: Kerry

Kerry said they will build a broad coalition and highlight the danger posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: August 30, 2014 9:56 am
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an op-ed in The New York Times wrote that air strikes alone will not defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (Source: PTI) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an op-ed in The New York Times wrote that air strikes alone will not defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (Source: PTI)

The US has called for a global coalition to address the challenge being posed by terror group ISIS that has gained control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, threatening to spread to other parts of the world.

Asserting that there is evidence that these extremists if left unchecked will not be satisfied at stopping with Syria and Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry in an op-ed in The New York Times wrote that air strikes alone will not defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition, who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS’ capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media. And we need to strengthen our own defenses and cooperation in protecting our people,” Kerry wrote.

Next week, Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are accompanying US President Barack Obama to the NATO summit meeting in Wales where they intend to talk to European counterparts on this issue.

“The goal is to enlist the broadest possible assistance. Following the meeting, Mr Hagel and I plan to travel to the Middle East to develop more support for the coalition among the countries that are most directly threatened,” he said.

In September, when the US will hold the presidency of United Nations Security Council, Kerry said the Obama Administration will use that opportunity to continue to build a broad coalition and highlight the danger posed by foreign terrorist fighters, including those who have joined ISIS.

“During the General Assembly session, President Obama will lead a summit meeting of the Security Council to put forward a plan to deal with this collective threat,” he said.

“In this battle, there is a role for almost every country. Some will provide military assistance, direct and indirect. Some will provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance for the millions who have been displaced and victimized across the region,” Kerry wrote.

“Others will help restore not just shattered economies but broken trust among neighbours. This effort is underway in Iraq, where other countries have joined us in providing humanitarian aid, military assistance and support for an inclusive government,” he said.

But no decent country, he argued, can support the horrors perpetrated by ISIS and no civilised country should shirk its responsibility to help stamp out “this disease”.

“ISIS’ abhorrent tactics are uniting and rallying neighbours with traditionally conflicting interests to support Iraq’s new government. And over time, this coalition can begin to address the underlying factors that fuel ISIS and other terrorist organisations with like-minded agendas,” Kerry said.

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    Brijkhanna
    Aug 30, 2014 at 4:47 am
    I fully endorse the views of John Kerry Secretary of States of USA that all countries should pool their energies including manpower to eradicate this menace of ISIS. It is also inbant on USA to reign in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Muslim Countries who are funding them Finance. All those countries specially of former USSR not to supply them Arms and Ammunition. United Nations Security Council should p a Unanimous resolution make it binding all members of UNO not to ist ISIS in any manner.
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      Bahu
      Aug 30, 2014 at 4:11 am
      Just six monts back this rubber mouth was railing against al ad and now wants a Global Coalition against ISIS. USA created, financed, trained and armed the Sunni terrorists to take on ad and help destry that country just as they did to Iraq.USA created al qaeda and now ISIS.
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        PMMKRISHNA
        Aug 30, 2014 at 6:24 am
        A CONSEQUENCE OF 'BUSH' POLITICS: DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ, ACCUSING IRAN, PROPPING UP STANI DICTATORS AND GADDAFI, SAUDI KINGS AND AFGHANIS, OSAMAS AND MANY OTHERS BY USA AND THE WEST. THEIR SHORT SIGHTED "BIKINI BRAINS" REALIZED THAT POLITICS ARE NOT MADE IN BEACHES AND BOTTLES. THEIR ONE TIME FRIENDS NOW MATURED INTO ISIS. OBAMA'S LEGS ARE WOBBLING. AND NOW KERRY WANTS GLOBAL APPROACH. LIKE INDIA GET RID OF BANCRUPT MINDS, SELFSEEKING EGOISTIC LEADERS. STOP LIBERAL BOGEY. CALL SPADE-ASPADE.
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          lookman
          Aug 30, 2014 at 4:45 am
          IT IS TIME FOR ALL WELL WISHERS OF THE HUMAN RACE TO JOIN HANDS and EXTERMINATE THE MUSLIMS FROM THIS PLANET OR ELSE GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO DO THE SAME WITH THE CIVILIZED WORLD.THEY WONT WASTE A MINUTE FOR SURE.
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