Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kerry Welcomes Iranian Air Strikes on Iraq's IS; Says 1,000 Strikes Have Helped End IS Advance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (December 3, 2014) welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the radical Islamist group, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

Kerry -- hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, Belgium -- said today that international airstrikes were finally stopping the advance of the jihadists across Iraq and Syria, but warned it could take years to defeat them.

Kerry told the meeting of officials from 60 nations in the coalition that a campaign of around 1,000 air strikes had had a "significant" impact on the Sunni extremist IS, which declared a caliphate (an Islamic territory) in Syria and Iraq in June.

"Our commitment will most likely be measured in years," he told the meeting at NATO headquarters, adding that the partners would "engage in this campaign for as long as it takes to prevail."

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