Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump praises anti-ISIS coalition, but concedes there are 'dangerous remnants'

Trump praises anti-ISIS coalition, but concedes there are 'dangerous remnants'

He said ISIS still controls about 20 square miles of territory in Syria where the terror group still commands approximately 1,000 to 1,500 fighters. "Today, we have liberated virtually all of that territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty killers".

As such, he said, 'It is time to give our courageous warriors in Syria a warm welcome home'.

Since losing the urban strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, at the hands of the US and allied local forces, the militants' standing army has been entirely beaten in Iraq and isolated to a mere pocket of territory in Syria's far east, where a separate campaign waged by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have also devastated ISIS.

He claimed that his decision to pull the U.S. out of the nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions on the country has put vast pressure on the regime and stifled its regional ambitions, as well as slowed its ability to obtain a nuclear weapon.

After that country's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself president (reportedly at the urging of Vice President Mike Pence), the Trump administration quickly recognized him as the legitimate head of state, withdrawing its recognition of the embattled, increasingly authoritarian regime of Nicolas Maduro.

It also includes a politically controversial measure to bolster state and local laws to limit the reach of a global anti-Israel boycott campaign protesting the occupation of Palestinian territories - a provision that could spark challenges in the House, where some of the party's newest members are opposed to efforts seeking to limit criticism of Israel.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", he said. "Certainly we are aware that he had expressed a desire and intent in the past to depart Iraq, depart Syria", Votel said during a Tuesday hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Donald Trump said the hour has come to at least try for peace.

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"Our approach is based on principled realism - not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress".

The amendment called on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups' "enduring defeat" before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, State Department officials likewise insisted that the 5,200 or so USA troops in Iraq - according to the last official Pentagon count from 2017 - remained focused on that mission.

Trump defended his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which had lifted crippling sanctions in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear ambitions.

However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country would be ready to establish "friendly relations" with the United States if it apologized for past wrongs. "And last fall, we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed by us on a country". However, Pompeo was not concerned that Russia's tactical strategies and efforts to continue a foothold in the region would replace the U.S.as the most important country outside of the Middle East. There's no evidence that the attack was related in any way to the Middle East.

This claim was highly disputed by other world leaders who said the fight against IS was far from over.

IS fighters swept into Murad's village, Kojo, in August 2014, killing the men, taking children captive to train them as fighters and condemning thousands of women to a life of forced labour and sexual slavery.

"Making the USA great means upholding our commitment to worldwide law and asylum seekers", she said.

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