(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The U.S. is considering air strikes as an option against the insurgency of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) along with possibly discussing further options with Iran in order to help the Iraqi government.
In an interview with Yahoo! News, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "When you have people murdering, assassinating in these mass massacres, you have to stop that. And you do what you need to do if you need to try to stop it from the air or otherwise." On air strikes specifically he noted, "They're not the whole answer, but they may well be one of the options that are important." On Iran Kerry stressed, "We're open to discussions if there is something constructive that can be contributed by Iran, if Iran is prepared to do something that is going to respect the integrity and sovereignty of Iraq." ISIL fighters have seized two major cities and massacred dozens of Iraqi soldiers.
"It is a vital national security issue for the United States, what is happening to our oceans," Kerry affirmed.
"This is vital to food security, it's vital to stability, it's vital to security, it's vital to livelihoods for people. It's also the lifeline for life itself on Earth." Kerry reiterated, "It is vital, ultimately, to the stability of the region as a whole."