US can ‘neutralize’ Daesh faster than it did al-Qaeda, Kerry says

The United States would “neutralize” the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group much faster than it was able to do with al-Qaeda, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We are going to defeat Daesh. We always said it will take time,” Kerry said on Thursday, using an Arabic name for the terrorist network wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. “We began our fight against al-Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to eliminate Osama bin Laden and the top leadership and neutralize them as an effective force. We hope to do Daesh much faster than that and we think we have an ability to do that,” he told reporters in Washington, DC.

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