U.S. and global coalition partners remain committed to destroying Daesh

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby says Daesh terrorists “are losing ground.” (Defense Dept.)

A Pentagon official said February 3 that Daesh is at war with an international coalition dedicated to degrading and destroying the terror group’s capabilities and barbaric ideology.

“Every member of this coalition, and there are more than 60 countries, is contributing in ways that they and their people deem most appropriate,” said Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.

In January, Daesh terrorists burned to death Jordanian air force pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Jordan is one of five Arab countries in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.

Al-Kasasbeh’s murder will not halt efforts against the terror group and its ideology, Kirby said.

“It’s going to take a while to get at the ideology, which is the real center of gravity here,” Kirby said. “You’re not going to do that through bombs and airstrikes. That doesn’t mean the bombs and airstrikes aren’t going to keep happening. They are.”

U.S. airstrikes continue to harm Daesh, Kirby said. Airstrikes are destroying Daesh equipment, manpower and mobility. And coalition efforts are squeezing oil sales, the terror group’s main income source.

“We assess that it’s no longer the main source of revenue,” Kirby said.

Even as Daesh terrorists “are losing ground” as a result of global coalition activity, Kirby said, the U.S. will continue well into the future efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy them.

“We are going to stay committed to this for the long term, and it is going to be a long-term fight,” Kirby said.