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VOA English Newscast: 2200 UTC March 25, 2016


Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel after delivering a joint statement at the Belgian Prime Minister's Residence in Brussels, March 25, 2016. Kerry is in Brussels to pay respect to victims of terrorist att

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel after delivering a joint statement at the Belgian Prime Minister's Residence in Brussels, March 25, 2016. Kerry is in Brussels to pay respect to victims of terrorist att

From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m David Byrd reporting.

U.S. forces have killed Hajji Iman, an Islamic State finance minister also responsible for the terrorist group's external affairs.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Iman's death Friday.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, announces that U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, announces that U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader.

“We are systematically eliminating ISIL's cabinet. Indeed the U.S. military killed several key ISIL terrorist this week, including we believe Hajii Iman.”

Carter would not say whether Iman was killed in Iraq or Syria, nor would he say whether the Islamic State leader was killed in a raid or an airstrike.

Carter also announced that Abu Sara, an Islamic State leader charged with paying fighters in Iraq, was targeted by U.S. forces this week.

Belgian prosecutors say three people have been detained in a counterterrorism operation in Brussels prompted by Thursday’s arrest of a Frenchman in the Paris area suspected of plotting a new attack.

The Belgian prosecutor's office confirmed in a statement that Friday's arrests were conducted in three districts of the capital.

Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Beligum's Prime Minister Charles Michel and assured him of U.S. support in the wake of the attacks.

“Our mission to defeat and destroy Daesh is not going to be accomplished overnight, it’s going to take some time and patience and persistence. It will require resources and commitment and cooperation across may cultures and beliefs and the recognition that this is in fact truly a global challenge.”

Kerry also laid a wreath at the Brussels airport, one of the two sites rocked by bombings that left more than 30 people dead.

This is VOA News.

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Words in This Newscast

Eliminate –v. to remove

Prosecutors –n. a lawyer for the government who accuses someone of a crime

Prompt –v. to cause something to happen

Conduct –v. to lead, to carry out

Wake –n. the after-effect, what is left after some event

Persistence –n. continuing to do something despite barriers

Challenge –n. a difficult thing to accomplish

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