John Kerry: ISIS Action Is Not a War, It’s Counter-Terrorism


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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the U.S.’s mission to defeat Sunni insurgent group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) was not a war but a counter-terrorism operation. He was speaking in an interview on CNN.

“What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation, and it’s going to go on for some period of time,” he said. “If somebody wants to think about it as being at war with [ISIS] they can do so, but the fact is it is a major counter-terrorism operation that will have many different moving parts.”

Kerry’s comments came after President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday, saying he would expand the U.S. air campaign against ISIS.

“We will degrade and ultimately destroy [ISIS] through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” he said.

The U.S. has launched 150 air strikes into Iraq to target…

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