UN warns purely military response in Syria could fuel more extremism

By REUTERS
October 21, 2014 18:41

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that a solely military response to the threat of Islamic State in Syria could fuel the radicalization of more Sunni armed groups and spark more violence.

"Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution," Ban told the UN Security Council of efforts to end Syria's three-and-a-half year civil war.

"A purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a cycle of renewed violence," he said.


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