'United fight of nations against ISIL will not be deterred by the attack in Brussels', says Carter
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday, March 22, the resolve of nations allied against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group would not be deterred by the attack in Brussels.
"I want to begin by condemning this morning's bombings in Belgium. Our thoughts and our prayers are with those affected by this tragedy, the victims, their families and survivors. And, in the face of these acts of terror, the United States stands in strong solidarity with our ally, Belgium. We are continuing to monitor the situation, including to ensure that all U.S. personnel and citizens are accounted for. We're also stand ready to provide assistance to our friends and allies in Europe, as necessary. Brussels is an international city. It has been host to NATO and to the European Union for decades. Together, we must and we will continue to do everything we can to protect our homelands and defeat terrorists wherever they threaten us. No affect--, no attack, no attack will affect our resolve to accelerate the defeat of ISIL."