Islamic State still growing around world – US official

WASHINGTON, US National Security Advisor John Bolton affirmed Sunday that the so-called Islamic State (IS) threat “will remain” and that IS is growing in other parts of the world.

“We know right now that there are IS fighters scattered still around Syria and Iraq, and that IS itself is growing in other parts of the world,” Bolton told ABC network.

“The importance of the territorial caliphate goes to an ideological point at the center of IS’ theory of itself, namely that they were a caliphate because under their view of what a caliphate is, you have to control territory,” added Bolton.

Furthermore, Bolton emphasized that President Donald Trump “has never said that the elimination of the territorial caliphate means the end of IS in total. We know that’s not the case.

“One reason that the president has committed to keeping an American presence in Iraq and a small part of an observer force in Syria, is against the possibility that there would be a real resurgence of IS, and we would then have the ability to deal with that if that arose,” he remarked.

Asked if the US got commitments from the allies “to help out,” he said that he is “very optimistic” that the British and French are “going to participate.

“It has not happened formally yet, but they’re looking at. I think it is very important that we try and get this up. It may or may not succeed. We are still pursuing it,” added the US official.

“The IS threat, the Al-Qaeda threat, the terrorist threat is an ideological threat worldwide and it’s something that I think we have to be vigilant against for the foreseeable future,” he stressed.

“As long as the ideology is out there it continues to be a threat,” reiterated Bolton.

Source: Kuwait News Agency