Ambassador: Battle against ISIS won’t be won through just U.S. efforts

The U.S. started airstrikes on Syria Monday night

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – For many, the fighting in the Middle East can be confusing. That’s why Ambassador Mark Hambley was at the Longmeadow Country Club Tuesday morning.

He explained the history behind the fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and among Muslim religious sects. The room was packed with people from the Glenmeadow Retirement learning series.

Ambassador Hambley told 22News he believes the battle against ISIS militants is going to be a long one, and won’t be won through just U.S. efforts. “You have to have troops on the ground. These have to be local, indigenous troops fighting. U.S. cannot do this, so I think the President’s emphasis that we must have a coalition of the willing to try and combat this threat is the correct analysis.”

Ambassador Hambley said ISIS is successful in recruiting new members, especially in Europe right now. He said young people without other ambitions are joining ISIS for the thrill of fighting and not to specifically support the cause of the so-called Islamic State.

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