Secretary of State John Kerry calls out protesters with the anti-war group Code Pink saying they should care about fighting Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Secretary of State John Kerry was met by anti-war protesters as he arrived at a Senate hearing to testify on the administration's strategy to fight the Islamic State militant group. During testimony, Kerry called out protesters with the group Code Pink, saying if they're concerned about protecting women's rights, "Then you ought to care about fighting ISIL because ISIL is killing, raping, and mutilating women. They believe women shouldn't have an education. They sell off girls to be sex slaves to jihadists." Kerry's statements were made as President Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces. Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq War, stressed during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that airstrikes would be the central U.S. contribution to the fight against Islamic State, along with coordinating a coalition that he said now includes more than 40 countries.