By John Lee.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that in the 18 months since terrorist group Daesh (Islamic State, IS, ISIS, ISIL) began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, coalition airstrikes have helped to liberate Kobani, Tikrit, Ramadi, and other key cities and towns.
"We have pushed the terrorists out of 40 percent of the territory that they once controlled in Iraq and 20 percent in Syria. We have degraded their leadership, attacked their revenue sources, and disrupted their supply lines.
"And currently we are engaged, as you all know, in a diplomatic initiative aimed at trying to end the war in Syria. That civil war fuels Daesh, and in doing what we are doing now, we are working to further isolate, to weaken and ultimately to defeat them.
"We are working intensively to stop the spread of Daesh and its affiliates within and beyond the region."
(Source: Embassy of the United States)