According to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Istanbul airport terror attack that killed 41 people and left 239 wounded shows ISIS is “desperate.” In a speech Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, Kerry gave an understated view ISIS’ reach and a rather glowing assessment of the Obama administrations efforts to contain the Islamic State.
“Now, yes, you can bomb an airport, you can blow yourself up. That’s the tragedy. (ISIS) and others like it know that we have to get it right 24/7/365. They have to get it right for ten minutes or one hour. So it’s a very different scale,” Kerry said. “And if you’re desperate and if you know you’re losing, and you know you want to give up your life, then obviously you can do some harm.”
Kerry’s assessment that ISIS was losing ground on its home turf of Syria and Iraq and therefore becoming desperate was challenged by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, who slammed the secretary’s statements.
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