The White House censored a video in had produced in which French President Francois Hollande vocally argued that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.” The unedited original version was yanked from YouTube and the White House website. Another version, where in the “Islamist terrorism” were silenced, was then uploaded in its place.
 
The official transcript of Hollande’s remarks did not include his claim that “Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.”
 
In Washington D.C. for the Nuclear Security Conference yesterday, Hollande told President Barack Obama, “We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination. But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition. And we note that Daesh (ed. Note: the Arabic term widely used in Europe for the Islamic State or ISIS) is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition. We are continuing to support Iraq. This is also a decision we have taken, supporting the Iraqi government and making sure that they can claim back their entire territory, including Mosul.”
 
Mosul is a strategic city in northern Iraq that is currently controlled by the Islamic State. 
 
The word in italics are currently censored by the White House in its YouTube video. Instead of hearing Hollande’s interpreter translate the French president’s comments, the YouTube audio goes silent.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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