US signals change of policy on ISIS

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Pentagon officials described ISIS (Da’esh terrorist sect) as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday. General Dempsey chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters in a Pentagon briefing that while ISIS would eventually have to be defeated, the US should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose the group that murdered an American journalist recently.

“It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defense secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.” Dempsey’s comments came a day after secretary of state John Kerry said ISIS “must be destroyed”. Obama had referred to ISIS as a “cancer”. Their remarks raised expectations that the US administration was preparing for a wider war against ISIS. Retired general John Allen who commanded the Afghanistan war from 2011 to 2013, called on Barack Obama to order the destruction of ISIS.

Source: The Gaurdian

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