‘We Don’t Have Capacity to Do It by Ourselves’ – US Gen. on Anti-Daesh Strategy


Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller gave a detailed overview of US strategy against Daesh* during a “Commanders Series” event at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

When asked whether the United States had the resources to fight terrorism across Africa and the Middle East, Gen. Neller admitted that the country didn’t have “enough capacity to do it” on its own.

“The world is a big place, and that’s why part of the national defense strategy is building alliances and partnerships. We don’t have enough capacity to do it all by ourselves, and nor should we want to do it by ourselves. But we do have enough capacity to help other nations develop their own capabilities, their own counterterrorism forces and security forces,” Neller said.

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Having underscored the significance of building partnerships, Neller proceeded to say that the United States has cooperated with its European allies as well as nations from other regions in order to address the threat from Daesh.

“And I think we’re working to do that not by ourselves but with our partners in the region, whether it be the French, the British, the Italians, or anybody else. We’re working with Nigeria, or working with West African countries, or anybody else,” he said.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps went on explaining that local forces would have…

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