QUESTION: Talking about ISIL, itβs like yesterday you described all these confrontation may take place more and more, and the question is now in the area is like and all the people are asking is make a difference now in the type and the scope and the tactics of confrontation with ISIL than it was like 10 days ago or a week ago?
MARIE HARF, STATE DEPARTMENT: Well, letβs β two points on that. As I said yesterday, we donβt rule anything out in terms of protecting our people or bringing those to justice who have hurt our people wherever country thatβs in. And Iβm not indicating decisions made in any way, shape, or form, but I just want to be very clear that we maintain the ability and retain the capability to go after people who harm our citizens wherever they are. So letβs do Point A there.
Point B is weβre still very focused, and letβs not lose sight of what weβre doing in Iraq thatβs been going after ISIL, both obviously setting aside the humanitarian situation but outside β around Mount Sinjar, helping break the siege there by hitting ISIL targets, protecting Erbil, helping the Iraqis take back the Mosul Dam from ISIL. We are very focused on going after ISIL strategically when it impacts the goals the President laid out in Iraq, and weβre looking long-term at how we can do that more going forward. But we are engaged very heavily right now in fighting them and in helping to build capability of the Iraqis to do that.
QUESTION: The reason I am asking you this question because you are mentioning Mount Sinjar and Erbil and all these things, but the real issue now is becoming different. I mean, even they are announcing ISIL people in their message, whatever the recorded messages and other messages, that now we are in a war with America.
MS. HARF: This is not about ISIL versus the United States. I think I made that clear yesterday. They are killing anyone who gets in their way β Sunni, Shia Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, Iraqis, Syrians β anyone who gets in their way, and now an American. So this is not about what the United States is or isnβt doing. This is about ISILβs stated commitment to murder, rape, enslave people who donβt agree with their ideology and who get in their way. And I think the more we can say that β because itβs true β itβs important for people to remember that as they look at the overall picture.
QUESTION: The reason that Iβm asking this question because itβs β it β I mean, I β in realities and in politics is matter how they look to us or how they look to United States. Itβs not how they β we look to them or we are seeing it. Itβs like β but they are announcing that itβs a war against America. Right or wrong, thatβs what they are saying.
MS. HARF: Well, they can say whatever theyβd like. But what I am making clear is thatβs not what ISIL represents, and they donβt represent any religion. They are at war with everybody they come into contact with. And thatβs why we are very focused, when we outline goals, on attacking their targets when they threaten those goals; on helping the Iraqis gain in capability to fight this threat on their own; and, to be very clear, holding people accountable when they hurt our people. Thatβs something weβre very focused on and thatβs certainly what will be a guiding principle of our action going forward.