Sen. Chambliss on ISIL: ‘Killing Them is the Only Option’

By Michael W. Chapman | October 29, 2014 | 10:33am EDT


Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

While discussing the brutal actions of Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there was no point in trying to control or contain the Islamist radicals, adding that the “only option” is to kill them.

“[T]he one thing about ISIL we know is they carry out their threats,” Chambliss told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Oct. 28. “They will torture, maim and behead people.”

“That’s why controlling them, containing is not an option,” he said. “Killing them is the only option we’ve got.”

Blitzer, host of CNN’s The Situation Room, then noted reports about Yazidi women and children in Iraq who have been kidnapped and are being distributed and used as sex slaves by the Islamic State fighters.

Chambliss said, “I haven't heard about that specific case but I'm not surprised at that.  These people are, they're very sophisticated in the way, for example, they use the Internet.  They promise people, they recruit people with these promises.  And they obviously have funding to pay these ….  And they're still getting illegal profits from oil that they've confiscated.  So they'll reward them with women, with money and the promise of whatever lies in the life hereafter that we've heard about jihadists before.”

As reported by the Daily Mail and numerous other news outlets, Yazidi women and girls, captured by Islamic State jhadists are being held in camps and other facilities and used as sex slaves.

Yazidi women and children fleeing ISIL forces in Iraq. (AP)

Also, in August, United Nations officials decried the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” that Islamic State jihadists were carrying out against Yazidi women.

"We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities,” said Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence (SRSG) in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov.

“Atrocious accounts of abduction and detention of Yazidi, Christian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner," said Bangura and Mladenov, pointing out that some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery.

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