WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military on Wednesday vowed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State (IS)'s capabilities to threaten the country and its allies.
During a CNN program at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon "will do everything possible that we can do to destroy their capacity to inflict harm on our people and Western values and our interests."
"We're doing that, as the president said -- not just militarily, because that is but one component," Hagel said. "The president (Barack Obama) has been very clear on that point."
The defense secretary said that "a stable, new, inclusive government in Iraq, which we're hopeful will be in place next week," also is important. The people of Iraq and the Middle East ultimately will determine their future, and the United States can support them, he added.
He said Obama has made clear that he wants the Congress involved with him, because the effort requires authorizations, airstrikes and funding.
Hagel noted that not only the United States, but also its allies like Britain regard the IS as a threat to the West and their values.
Part of the threat, Hagel said, is that over 100 U.S. citizens who hold U.S. passports are fighting in the IS forces in the Middle East.
Describing the IS as "dangerous group of people beyond just a group of terrorists," Hagel stressed that as the IS now controls half of Iraq and Syria, it must be taken seriously.
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