Secretary of State Pompeo hosts Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Secretary of State Pompeo hosts Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

"It should be formally announced, sometime probably next week, that we'll have 100 percent of the caliphate", Trump said during his remarks at a ministerial meeting of US-led coalition member states.

"When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria". Pompeo defended the decision, saying that as ISIS loses its remaining territory, the coalition will rely less on the military and more on intelligence. "We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before", Trump said.

As if realizing he was jumping the gun, Trump added, 'But I want to wait for the official word'.

"Their land is gone".

Those are seen as efforts to reassure allies anxious about shifts in US policy, including Trump's Syria plan.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who delivered the traditional response to the presidential address later, made it obvious that Trump's calls for conciliation did not impress the Democrats.

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", he said.

Even as Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the withdrawal decision, which shocked US allies and led to the resignations of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the USA envoy to the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk, some military leaders, renewed their concerns.

"It is a tactical change - it is not a change in mission", Pompeo said.

"As we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our fearless warriors in Syria a warm welcome home", he added.


Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reassured the coalition that America will not cede leadership of the fight against ISIS.

The White House said in mid-December that it had already started withdrawing troops as the battle against IS was winding down.

Votel praises efforts by Iraq's security forces and a US -backed coalition of Syrian fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Force. The US has also requested custody of non-American nationals who have committed crimes that may be punishable under American law. The two suspects are held by Western-backed Kurdish forces in Northern Syria and have been stripped of their British nationality.

Fears of a Turkish incursion have led to ongoing talks on setting up a buffer zone along the Syrian border.

"I just want to thank everybody in this room", the president said as he concluded. They used the Internet better than we did for a period of time.

The official said the USA administration was "a little surprised by the reaction" by Iraqi leaders to Mr Trump's recent comments that United States troops watch Iran from Iraq. "As I read it, it recognizes. his effort for us to examine exactly what we are doing in these places", Risch said.

Asked by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, if the USA mission in Iraq is to defeat ISIS, Votel replied, "that is exactly my understanding", adding that the U.S. is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government.

Trump, reviewing his foreign policy, noted his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and described it as of a piece with his realist approach, which has also dictated his retreat from treaties and alliances.

Senior officials from Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq were present during President Trump's speech on Wednesday.

Pompeo set out a series of goals for the coalition, including the removal of all Iranian-led forces in Syria and the fostering of a political solution to the eight-year conflict in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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