ISIS/ISIL has now burned 45 people to death in the Iraqi town al-Baghdadi. Some of the victims are security guards from nearby al-Asad Air Base.
The group seized much of the town last week. It’s also five miles away from the base, the recent site of ISIS/ISIL suicide bomber attacks, where about 300 U.S. Marines are stationed.
Also, the U.N. Security Council says it’s now investigating claims that ISIS/ISIL is selling human organs to pay for its terror activities in Iraq. Bodies with surgical incisions and missing body parts have been found in shallow graves around the country over the past few weeks.
As this occurs, a State Department spokeswoman says we need to create jobs for the radical Islamic group.
“We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians – they’re in this fight with us,” Marie Harf said on MSNBC. “But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs…”
She later went on CNN trying to explain her earlier comments, “We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try. How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the last 24 hours some of the commentary out there, but it’s really the smart way that Democrats, Republicans, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it.”
Harf was supposed to be bringing awareness to the Obama administration’s three-day summit on “countering violent extremism,” where one of the strategies they’re reviewing is the administration social media presence. The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, created in 2011, will coordinate Twitter accounts, et al, and meet with Muslim academics, scholars, and community leaders to get the administration’s message out.
While Obama administration talks about what to do — Iraq is attacking ISIS/ISIL in and around Mosul, which has been held by the terror group since last June. The news comes as Egypt reports that it’s killed “64 jihadists,” in a series of aerial assaults launched in retaliation for beheading 21 Christians.