Secretary of State John Kerry says violent extremists are a formidable foe that must be countered, but it will require a unified front from countries around the world. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday "no one country" can stop violent extremism. Delivering remarks at the White House summit on countering violent extremism, Kerry said militants bent on attacks are a formidable foe that must be countered. "You have to take the people off the battlefield who are there today but you're kinda stupid if all you do is do that and you don't prevent more people from going to the battlefield," said Kerry. The three-day summit, which started Tuesday and brings together local officials from across the country and ministers from around the world, follows recent shootings in Copenhagen and Paris that have galvanized Western resolve against such extremist attacks. "No one country, no one army, no one group is gonna be able to respond to this adequately," Kerry said. Speaking at the summit on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on American Muslim communities to do more to counter what he called "violent extremism". Critics have accused the White House of shying away from tying extremism to the religion of Islam following shootings by Islamic militants in Paris and Copenhagen.