WASHINGTON, January 23 (Sputnik) — The international community has to team up for funnelling more investment into global war against terror, US State Secretary John Kerry said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday.
“Leader after leader in country after country has said that fighting the scourge of violent extremism is a global priority, let us prove it. We have to get serious about investing into things that really make a difference,” Kerry said.
Kerry stressed that everyone, including governments, foundations, NGOs, corporations, faith leaders and private sector have to be involved in investing more into fight with terrorism. This will be the priority of Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the White House on February 18, the secretary added.
The State Secretary reminded that when the United States and its allies decided that fighting fascism is a priority, they found 3.6 trillion dollars for that, as well as they managed to find several trillion dollars for the war in Iraq.
“Make no mistake, if we do not make those investments today, we will pay far more for it down the road,” Kerry underscored.
Today terrorist organizations are competing each other for recruits and are governing lands, which is unprecedented, Kerry said.
Among other terrorist and militant groups, recently the Islamic State (IS) has been on the rise. The IS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control. The Islamic State, notorious for beheading foreigners and posting videos of their execution on the Internet, is believed to be particularly dangerous due to its advanced tactics as compared to other terrorist groups.
In 2014 Taliban also considerably increased its activity, as foreign troops are departing from Afghanistan. According to the United Nations, 2014 has been the deadliest year for civilians in Afghanistan since 2009. Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist sect that is aiming to impose Sharia law in the country, has killed more than 5,000 civilians since 2009, according to the report of the Congressional Research Service on Boko Haram issued in June.