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USA: Pompeo touts victories against ISIS, vows to keep fighting

1 14.11.2019 Инфо

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W/S US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg among other officials at a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Washington D.C. *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "The leadership of President Trump began just right after he took the office. I had a different job at the time. He went after the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters the very first day, less than 24 hours after he was inaugurated, and he pledged his support for whatever the agency needed to take out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the entire caliphate. And a few months later he empowered American military commanders to pursue the fight more aggressively than ever. Our troops did that in conjunction with many of you in this room, partners and friends in the coalition. We did it both on the ground and in the air in Iraq and Syria. The caliphate was 100 per cent destroyed in March of this year. We should all be very proud of that."
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "Diplomats here at the State Department have worked with you all, as members of the coalition, to stabilise liberated areas, get humanitarian relief to its destinations and make sure that ISIS cannot gain new footholds. American leadership continues on each of these missions today. Last month we achieved what the President talked about that day, we took out al-Baghdadi and his would-be successor. Ask each of them whether there is a deficit in American leadership countering ISIS. Today we are watching the space once occupied by this fraudulent caliphate like a hawk. That's why we are maintaining our residual presence at Tanf in Southern Syria and the capacity to conduct air operations."
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "We are also maintaining humanitarian assistance, stabilisation programmes to ameliorate the conditions in which ISIS would re-emerge and we are continuing to pursue a diplomatic resolution of the Syrian conflict with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as the guide so that stability can one day return to this war-torn land."
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "I'm proud of the work that my team has done and what the Trump administration achieved, but you all know, that's why we are here today, this is not our story alone. This coalition, the group assembled here today, has been one of the most successful multilateral undertakings of the century. We beat back a jihadist dream, a would-be terrorist state in the centre of the Middle East, and we saved millions of people from tyranny unlike anything that the world has seen."
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General: "The coalition has made significant progress, millions of people and vast territories have been liberated. But the fight is not over. ISIS is still a threat. The situation in northern Syria remains fragile and difficult. It is well known that there are differences between NATO allies when it comes to the situation there, but at the same time we agree on the need to safeguard the gains we have made against our common enemy ISIS and to support UN-led efforts to achieve a sustainable political solution."
M/S Pompeo and Stoltenberg
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States will remain at the forefront of the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), as he was speaking alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
"We are also maintaining humanitarian assistance, stabilisation programmes to ameliorate the conditions in which ISIS would re-emerge", he said, during a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
He also highlighted the successful October 26 raid, in which US forces reportedly killed the group's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other leaders of the movement. "Ask each of them whether there is a deficit of the American leadership countering ISIS", he added sarcastically.
While acknowledging the diverging opinions among NATO allies over the ongoing Syrian crisis, Stoltenberg stressed that members of the alliance agreed on the need to preserve gains made against ISIS and to find a political solution for the war-torn country.