Speaking in London following the massacre in Manchester, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed the need to hold the terrorist perpetrators accountable.
“As our ally and friend mourns, the fires for justice burn very hot in all of our hearts,” said Mr. Tillerson. “We will drive out the terrorists and the extremists.” As President Trump said, “we must drive the extremists out of our communities, we must drive them out of any country that would provide them safe haven, and we must drive them off the face of the Earth.”
“ISIS's decision to target a concert full of children shows their intentions are not authored by God,” said Secretary Tillerson. “In our mission to defeat ISIS, we are grateful for the help of people of all faiths and especially the many Muslim-majority countries who have joined us to win this fight. Every priest, every reverend in every church, every rabbi in every temple, every imam in every mosque must condemn the souls of those who carried out these attacks, and any and all who would assist them, and must condemn the soul of any who would consider carrying out such attacks in the future.”
“We will intensify our efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield,” said Secretary Tillerson, “and we will eliminate their ability to operate their networks around the world. We will not allow them or any terrorist organization to spread violence and hatred without a fight, and we will block their efforts to recruit new followers, whether on the ground or online.”
America stands with the British people at this time of great sorrow and pain, and pledges an even greater resolve to defeat Islamist terrorism and extremism.