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Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 12:26 PM

'First Look': McCarthy: ISIS 'greatest threat we have had'

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    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, calls in to talk about the ISIS terrorist group on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has become one of the most dangerous militant groups in the world.

The aim of ISIS is to create an Islamic state cross Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria and as the group travels through the region, innocent people are being displaced or murdered.

Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader-elect, talked about his concerns with ISIS and their inhumane power tactics.

"They are, to me, one of the most scariest terrorist organizations out there currently," McCarthy said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

What's worse, McCarthy added, is they are ruthless and that is why America has to believe the world is not safe.

ISIS has begun to impose Sharia law in the towns it has gained control. They are killing individuals based on their religious beliefs and destroy cities in the process.

U.S. INVOLVEMENT

Since Aug. 8, the U.S. military has carried out 90 airstrikes, 57 of them in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam, according to the Defense Department.

The airstrikes played a key role in pushing back ISIS and prevented deaths.

"The whole style and how they are developed is not because they want to give a population greater freedom or liberty, they want to rule from terror and fear," McCarthy said.

The tactics ISIS has been using is alarming and as McCarthy said, "you can not let them disrupt the world. You can not let them carry on the way they are."

MOVING FOWARD

Before anything else can be done, McCarthy said one question that must be answered and dealt with is what is America's foreign policy and doctrine?

"You can't go in and just be doing pin-point airstrikes," he said. "If we don't know our foreign policy and doctrine in a clear message to all Americans, how do our friends and enemies know it."

That is when the world becomes unsafe, he added.

McCarthy said he believes the Obama administration needs to develop a strategy of how to deal with foreign policy because it's the governments responsibility to keep America safe.

 

 

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