John Bolton: ‘Iran has been world’s central banker for terrorism since 1979’

White House national security adviser John Bolton speaking to reporters at a US counterterrorism presentation. (Reuters)
Updated 05 October 2018

John Bolton: ‘Iran has been world’s central banker for terrorism since 1979’

  • Bolton said the US wants to isolate militants from their supporters - especially Iran
  • The plan that Trump has approved also calls for strengthening border control

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's national security adviser outlined the administration's long-awaited counterterrorism strategy on Thursday and offered harsh words for Iran.
John Bolton called Iran the "central banker of international terrorism." He said the strategy will rely on military and nonmilitary means to fight extremists, focusing on Daesh militants as well as those backed by Iran and other groups.
Bolton said the US wants to isolate militants from their supporters, modernize tools to counter them, protect US infrastructure and stymie recruitment efforts.
The plan that Trump has approved also calls for strengthening border control, limiting militants' ability to recruit online and sharing the burden with allies.
It is the first US strategy on counterterrorism since President Barack Obama released his approach in 2011.

Bolton said that the US' objective is that "there would be no waivers for purchasers of Iranian crude," and that the US could look at possible cuts leading to zero.

 

 


Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

Updated 15 min 27 sec ago

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

  • The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek authorities say a coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing.

Officials on Kos say that 31 people have been rescued following the collision, in an effort assisted by private boats and the European Union border protection agency Frontex. The circumstances of the collision aren't immediately clear.

The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea.