Trump says may declare Islamic State defeated next week

Islamic State

Trump has already declared ISIS "defeated" and said the us would "probably" declare total victory by next week.

In a tweet that same day, President Donald Trump declared, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency".

The conference started hours after Trump, in his State of the Union address, lauded what he said was the near-complete victory over IS.

"The target was already on U.S. forces in the region", said Phillip Smyth, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who tracks Iranian proxy groups. The president later declared that he would also be pulling some 7,000 USA troops out of Afghanistan, where his administration is involved in peace talks with the Taliban-something that also got a shoutout in tonight's speech.

"When I took over Syria it was infested with ISIS - it was all over the place - and now you have very little ISIS and you have the caliphate nearly knocked out", Trump said in the interview.

Trump only briefly mentioned his decision to pull USA troops out of Syria, a policy decision to which Israel was deeply opposed.

"Decades ago, the United States entered into a treaty with Russian Federation in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities", he said.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".

The Pentagon's own internal watchdog released a report on Monday saying Isis remained an active insurgent group and was regenerating functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than Syria.

Unlike his predecessor, Pompeo added, Trump has taken proactive measures to "take down the caliphate" and reduce the risk from ISIS and Russian Federation, the important players there, and is determined to allow the millions of displaced Syrians to return home in addition to reducing violence to help rebuild the country.

The tensions in the region will likely be one of Trump's key points in his State of the Union address.

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Both Iraq's president and prime minister have hit back at Trump's statements to USA media this week stating that U.S. troops should stay at a base in Iraq so that America can "watch Iran".

"We'll probably come back at a future date, with much more danger to our troops", Engel told Reuters. And the other side would like to do the same thing.

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

"Making the US great means upholding our commitment to global law and asylum seekers", she said. "Members of this coalition must be willing to take back foreign terrorist fighters, prosecute them and punish them", he said.

Japan also welcomed the announcement of a second meeting with North Korea and urged for the "complete and prompt implementation" of efforts toward full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, referring to the vague agreement Trump and Kim signed during their first summit in Singapore last June.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution condemning Trump's plans to withdraw troops from those two conflicts, and slapped new sanctions on the Syrian government.

Pompeo mentioned the suicide bombing claimed by IS that killed four Americans - two service members, a Pentagon civilian and a USA contractor - in the northern Syrian town of Manbij last month.

Claiming that he had now liberated more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria, that were once controlled by the militant Islamic State group, Trump declared: "It is time to give our courageous warriors in Syria a warm welcome home".

The Republican Jewish Coalition, by contrast, said Trump's choices for guests sent clear and welcome messages.

"This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country", Abrams said.

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