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UK's Ambassador to the U.N.: ISIS is a monster that the Frankenstein of Assad has largely created​

August 26th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

by Henry Hullah

After the cataclysmic conflict between Israel and Gaza-based militants, some hope came today with an Egypt-brokered peace deal.

Christiane Amanpour asked the British Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant if he was hopeful.

"This is very good news, but we've seen truces before." he told her, "Just a ceasefire, if it gets back to the status quo, is not going to provide a long-term solution to the crisis."

"We need something that is: A) sustainable, and B) acts as a bridge to serious status negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel."

"We have to move on from this cyclical crisis to something that is more sustainable."

'There is a lot of evidence of collusion of ISIS and the Syrian regime'

The other great challenge for the Middle East and the world is the militant extremist group ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

In the UK, fears are growing of radicalized youth going to Iraq and returning with a vendetta against their own country.

Amanpour asked what is Great Britain doing, and what should it be doing, to stop the flow?

"The main focus needs to be preventing people leaving the United Kingdom to go and fight so-called jihad in Syria or Iraq, and there the government has done a number of things."

"It can take away passports, it can take down radical extremist internet sites that are recruiting, it can work with the imams in the mosques who may be inciting and radicalizing Muslim youth in the United Kingdom."

"When they come back there are some challenges," said the diplomat. "Does one take their passports and prevent them from coming back in to the country, and make them stateless? Obviously that has legal connotations and is very difficult."

"The Government is looking at all the options of finding a way of preventing further radicalization of British Muslim youth but also protecting ourselves from potential terrorist threats from youth that is already radicalized and may be returning to the UK from these areas."

As the situation grows more desperate would western nations turn to a man they have condemned - would they work with President Bashar al-Assad?

"No," said Grant. "The reality is that Assad is very largely the cause of the problem, he is certainly not the solution to the problem. There is a lot of evidence of collusion of ISIS and the Syrian regime. The Syrian regime has been pleased to see ISIS build up its strength in Syria because it has been able to attack mainly the more moderate opposition."

"This is a monster that the Frankenstein of Assad has largely created, so he is certainly not the solution to this problem."


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    Poroshenko's USA-propped regime is a failed state.

    August 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  2. Western Propaganda

    ISIS profited greatly from American and British support in Syria.

    If not for USA and Britain helping ISIS journalist James Foley would've been alive today.

    August 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  3. RLTJ's

    How about Egypt and Libya. It looks like North Africa has become a rich compost for this monster to sprout next.

    August 27, 2014 at 12:20 am | Reply
  4. Constantin

    Would you, Mr Lyall Grant, kindly explain to CNN readers if ISIS did exist before MI5 and CIA prepared and sponsored the rebellion in Siria? How come that Assad did not create this ISIS before? And could you also explain if there is any connection between Sunni alienation during the post-Sadam years and the so called AQ in Irak, later known as ISIS? How may you also link it to Assad, sir? Thank you.

    August 27, 2014 at 4:27 am | Reply
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    UK hosted pakis and bangladeshis since they disliked the more liberal hindu indians .They are paying the price of this.

    August 27, 2014 at 4:30 am | Reply
  6. James White

    Its amazing how the truth is distorted. ISIS is largely the result of the attack on Iraq by western forces, and the resulting disintegration. And also through supporting the Syrian rebels. It is the US's and UK's Frankenstein.

    August 27, 2014 at 4:50 am | Reply
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    So, Assad is fighting against himself? Is this red-cheeked man drunk or what?

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    Whatever role Assad may – or may not – have played in creating or building up ISIS, the West, in its own long term interest, must do a great deal more to crush this monster. 2 On Gaza, the truce is welcome. The two sides should now turn their focus and energies on negotiations over the very early creation of a Palestinian state.

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    ISIS was created by US and UK looking for nonexistent WMDs in Iraq and killing Saddam Hussein, even little babes know this.

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