Middle East

ISIS advance on Kobani a tragedy, says Kerry

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, right, and Secretary of State John Kerry tour the control room at the Wind Technology Testing Center, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON: The advance of ISIS rebels on the Syrian border town of Kobani is a tragedy but will not deter the United States and its allies from their long-term strategy in the region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

"Kobani is a tragedy because it represents the evil of ISIS but it is not the definition either of the strategy or the full measure of what is happening with response to ISIS," Kerry told reporters in Boston.

Rebels have seized more than a third of Kobani, advancing despite U.S.-led air strikes as Turkish troops looked on but did not engage.

"We are only a few weeks into building the coalition. People are still receiving assignments," Kerry said. "The primary goal of this effort has been to provide the space for Iraq to be able to get its government in place and to be begin to push back and to begin to be able to deprive them (ISIS militants) of their command and control, their supply centers and their training. That is taking place."

Kerry said it was likely other towns were vulnerable to ISIS advances as the U.S.-led efforts in the region would take "weeks and months" to play out.

Kerry spoke at a Boston facility that tests blades for electricity-producing wind turbines, and was joined by his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

Hammond alluded briefly to the rebels, using a different acronym, during remarks focused on clean energy.

"ISIL's (ISIS') assault on Iraq poses another serious threat to our energy security, which could have knock-on effects on global energy markets and the prices that we pay," Hammond said.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here