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US general says fight against ISIL could take 'generation or more'

Iran Press TV

Wed Jun 3, 2015 1:48PM

US General John Allen says it would take a generation or more to defeat the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria, describing the group as a "global threat."

'Defeating Daesh's (ISIL) ideology will likely take a generation or more. But we can and we must rise to this challenge," said Allen, Washington's special envoy for the US-led coalition fighting against the militants.

Speaking to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, he said the fight would continue for several years despite 'strategic momentum' against the terrorist group.

He added that if ISIL was not defeated, it could 'wreak havoc on the progress of humanity.'

"In an age when we are more interconnected that at any other time in human history, Daesh (ISIL) is a global threat,' Allen said. 'This will be a long campaign.'

He, however, claimed that the coalition had achieved some gains against the terrorists. He said that ISIL had been defeated in many places in Iraq and that it has 'lost over 25 percent' of the populated territory it once held in the country.

The US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they claim to be the ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria since last year.

Of the 7,319 sorties the US military conducted over Iraq and Syria in the first four months of this year, only 1,859 flights – roughly 25 percent – dropped a bomb on an ISIL target, according to US Air Force Central Command.

Another area of coalition success, Allen claimed, was its ability to disrupt the group's access to finance.

'We are sharing information to block their assets to the global financial system. We are uncovering their points of access in the region and abroad for financial support,' he claimed.

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