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August 24. 2014 7:27PM

Sen. Ayotte says strategy is needed to defeat ISIS

The spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses a threat requiring more than containment from the United States and President Obama must take steps to defeat ISIS, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation.”

“We need an immediate strategy that is going to expand air strikes, support the Kurds and Iraqi forces further, but in particular the Kurds — get them the military equipment that they are requesting,” said Sen. Ayotte. “And also look at providing more and more support and enhancement for the moderate opposition in Syria.”

“In New Hampshire, the brutal murder of James Foley really brought home this week this threat that (the group) presents to us and our country,” said Ayotte. “And what I think is that a containment strategy is not going to cut it. We need a strategy to defeat ISIS.”

Such a strategy, “starts with presidential leadership, but as a member of Congress I think we have a responsibility to say that we're going to put the protection of this nation first beyond partisan divide.”

“There's a disconnect with sequester from the threats we face around the world and the resources we are going to need to fight this threat,” said Ayotte.

Former CIA Deputy Directory Michael Morell told CBS News that ISIS is “the most complex terrorism problem” that he has ever seen.

“There are no magic bullets. This is going to take a long time to get under control,” he said. “We have to take away their safe haven, their territory, that requires a political solution in Iraq which is going to require us to continue to press the Iraqis to do the right thing, our Gulf Arab allies to press the Iraqis to do the right thing, Iran to press the Iraqis to do the right thing, and then we need to get a solution in Syria to take that territory away,”

pfeely@unionleader.com


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