Kerry Dissociates Jihadist Extremism From Islam, Cites Factors Like Deprivation, Palestine, Climate Change

October 17, 2014 | 12:22 AM EDT

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday rejected any link between Islam and extremism practiced by the likes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, pointing instead to factors like poverty among youthful Mideast populations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and climate change.

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