'We don't scare,' U.S. defense secretary
Mattis says after London attack
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[June 05, 2017]
By Idrees Ali
SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary
Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States and its allies would
continue to fight against Islamist extremists and would not be scared by
attacks against the West by the Islamic State group.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain must be tougher in
stamping out Islamist extremism after attackers killed at least seven
people by ramming a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing
revelers in nearby bars.
Islamic State, which is losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an
offensive backed by a U.S.-led coalition, said its militants were
responsible for the attack, the group's media agency Amaq said in a
statement monitored in Cairo.
One French national and one Canadian were among those killed. At least
48 people were wounded in the attack, including at least one Australian.
"We are united, as I said, in our resolve, even against an enemy that
thinks by hurting us they can scare us," Mattis said, appearing in
Sydney alongside U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the first
time outside the United States.
"Well, we don't scare," Mattis said.
Mattis and Tillerson were due to hold a media conference with their
Australian counterparts later on Monday.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the world would likely
see more such attacks, and that it was a problem that the global
community must be "vigilant and determined and defiant".
"These criminals, these terrorists, are cowards. There is nothing heroic
in what they do," he told an earlier media conference in Sydney.
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U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis walks with Australia's Minister
for Defence Marise Payne before an inspection of an honour guard as
part of the 2017 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations
(AUSMIN) meetings at the Australian Army's Victoria Barracks in
Sydney, Australia, June 5, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
"Now, this is a corruption, a disease, within Islam. It is a global
phenomenon and it has to be dealt with globally," Turnbull said.
The three assailants in the London attack on Saturday were all shot
dead by police. It was the third Islamist-inspired attack in the
United Kingdom in the past three months, prompting British Prime
Minister Theresa May to declare overnight that "enough is enough".
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Paul Tait)
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