Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 07:38 AM IST

ISIS has no respect for Muslim life, or for Islam itself: U.S.

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 11:10 IST

Washington D.C., July 6 (ANI): In the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Muslim nations, mostly by the ISIS, the United States has hit out at the terrorist organisation saying that they have no respect for Muslim life or for Islam itself and adding that the government will continue its campaign against the group in Iraq and Syria.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby told the media in a briefing that the U.S. strongly condemns the recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks that have been focused on civilians, including women and children, and which have taken hundreds of lives from Istanbul to Dhaka to Baghdad to the attacks in Saudi Arabia.

"These acts have shown no respect for human life, whether young or old, male or female, Muslim or non-Muslim. These terrorists murdered without discretion. We cannot say whether these attacks were coordinated or whether they were conducted by independent opportunists. As you know, investigations are still ongoing, and I'm not going to get ahead of those processes. I'd refer you to those countries to talk about it," Kirby said.

"But what we do know is that the goal of these attacks was to attract attention and to spread terror and to spread fear. They occurred during and at the end of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Indeed, a Daesh spokesman himself called for targeting during this very holy month. So what's obviously evident is that Daesh certainly has no respect for Muslim life, life in general, or any respect for Islam itself," he added.

Stating that the U.S. continues to pressure ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Kirby added that the government remain extremely concerned about their organisation's ability to inspire terrorist attacks that require few resources with little to no coordination.

In this regard, Kirby asserted that the U.S. was working with partners from around the world to cut off ISIS's messaging, financing, and recruitment networks.

"That's why we work with partners to expand the global ability to identify, disrupt, arrest, and prosecute suspected foreign terrorist fighters. And it's why we've identified concrete areas to increase partner capacity in disrupting, arresting, and prosecuting suspected foreign terrorist fighters and better information sharing on their networks," he said.

"This is and will remain a truly global effort. At least 35 countries now have arrested foreign terrorist fighters or aspirants, and 12 countries have successfully prosecuted foreign terrorist fighters. At least 45 countries have enacted laws or amendments to create greater obstacles for foreign terrorist fighters traveling into Iraq and Syria. And as you well know, the coalition itself is some 66 nations strong now," Kirby added.

Talking about the online influence on ISIS that was spreading across the global resulting in several enrolments, the spokesperson said that the US was focused on confronting the violent messages that ISIS puts out on a daily basis on social media that they try to use to inspire and to recruit people.

"And we're well aware of the threat that Daesh poses to us as well as to our allies and partners. That's why we have galvanized this international coalition to shrink the territory that they hold, to kill their leaders, to cut off their financing, and to counter their messaging. And as you've heard the - as you heard the President, that campaign is firing on all cylinders and it will continue to keep up until the job is done," Kirby said. (ANI)

World leaders condemn U.K. Parliament attack

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 07:19 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In the wake of the unfortunate terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, political leaders across the world have come forward and condemned the incident in strong words.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The FBI has information that indicates associates of U.S. President Donald Trump might have communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging Hillary Clinton's campaign in the elections.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Akin to other terror attacks in the recent years, countries like France and Israel showed solidarity with London post the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): There will be no major escalation in security measures in the metropolitan cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai - following the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Met Police have confirmed that five people, including the attacker, died and at least 40 were injured in the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Donald Trump Jr is facing criticism for posting a distasteful tweet featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan hours after a major terror attack on the Houses of Parliament in London, which left four, including a police officer, dead.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Following a major terror attack on the U.K. Parliament in London, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has stepped up security measures in the United States.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described the major terror attack on the Parliament, which shook the nation on Wednesday, as "sick and depraved."

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In the wake of the attack on the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has shown solidarity with London and has assured that there was no Indian casualty reported.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 23 (ANI): The lockdown of Westminster following the attack on the U.K. Parliament seems to be over, after several hours.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 23 (ANI): The U.K. Parliament has confirmed it would be open as usual on Thursday despite the attack on it and the lockdown of Westminster.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Following the attack on the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed condolence to the victims and their families.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Four people have died, including a police officer, and at least 20 people injured in a major

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 22 (ANI): A woman has been killed in a terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament here and several have been severely injured, while the assailant who stabbed a police officer has been shot by security forces.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 22 (ANI): In an attack at the Houses of Parliament here, which is being presently treated as an act of terrorism, a policeman was stabbed and the apparent attacker was shot by officers.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Mar. 22 (ANI): With the U.S. banning passengers from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices on some flights from the Middle East and Africa, Emirates Airlines has expressed dismay at the development and asserted that the airline's home airport in Dubai was as safe as any other in Asia, Europe or the Americas.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Mar. 22 (ANI): Belgium marked one year since the ISIS terror attacks with a memorial service at Zaventem airport on Wednesday morning, and a emotional figure could be seen among the crowd trying to hold back tears as she was lauded for her bravery- Nidhi Chaphekar, the Jet Airways flight attendant, whose image of sitting shell-shocked with her clothes ripped was burned into the world's memory.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 22 (ANI): A grenade was hurled at a government girls' high school in Balochistan's Killa Abdullah district near Pak-Afghan border today, however, no loss of life was reported from the attack.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 22 (ANI): Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Wednesday said the court would during the next hearing on March 27 take a decision about whether social media websites in Pakistan, providing a platform to blasphemous content, should be banned or not.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Mar. 22 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left on a three-day official visit to Russia beginning today on the invitation extended by his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Full Story >>