Thursday at a joint press briefing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski asked what the “end game” was with the current engagement with the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria. According to Dempsey, there is no end game for America’s fight against the “radical, anti-Western religious ideology.”
Dempsey said, “In terms of the open-endedness of it … the ideology that stretches from the Arab world and into North and West Africa, the ideology which is essentially anti-Western, very conservative, religious and in some cases racial violent ideology, were stuck with that for the foreseeable future, a generation or two.”
Earlier in the week after ISIS had secured a section of Iraq and Syria roughly the size of Indiana the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself the “caliph” of the new Islamic state or “caliphate.” al-Baghdadi has previously threaten ISIS will attack America.
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