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Kerry: Question of Whether America at War with ISIS 'Waste of Time'

Kerry: Question of Whether America at War with ISIS 'Waste of Time'

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State John Kerry said the question if the Untied States is at War with ISIS is a “waste of time.” 

Kerry said, “I think frankly kind of tortured debate going on about terminology. What I’m focused on obviously is getting done what we need to get done to ISIL, but if people need find the place to land in terms of what we did in Iraq, originally this is not a war. This is not combat troops on the ground. It’s not hundreds of thousands of people, it’s not that kind of mobilization. But in terms of al-Qaeda, which we have used the word war with, yeah, war with al Qaeda and same context if you want to use it, yes. we’re at war with ISIL in that sense. But I think it’s a waste of time to focus on that frankly let’s consider what we have to do to degrade and defeat ISIL.”

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