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Pompeo worries about IS activity outside Iraq and Syria
US Secretary of State spoke at a meeting of foreign ministers of the coalition member states to combat &# 171; Islamic State&# 187;
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on countries in the anti-Islamic State coalition to return the captured jihadists to their countries and provide financial assistance to rebuild some of the infrastructure in Iraq and Syria that has been severely damaged by the fighting. about this, speaking at the opening of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the coalition countries fighting IS.
The meeting in Washington with the participation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was attended by representatives of 31 states of the coalition.
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The secretary of state expressed growing concern over the threat of the Islamic State outside of Iraq and Syria. In this regard, Mike Pompeo emphasized that the coalition should focus on the countries of West Africa and the Sahel region..
Mike Pompeo said the United States will continue to lead the Islamic State coalition, which has already made significant strides in defeating terrorists..
“Our military did it together with … our partners and friends in the coalition. We did this with ground and air campaigns in Iraq and Syria. The Caliphate was 100% destroyed in March this year. We should be proud of it, “said Pompeo..
He added that State Department officials worked with all partners in the Coalition to stabilize the situation in the liberated areas and deliver humanitarian aid, preventing the possibility of a possible strengthening of IS again..
“The American leadership continues to pursue each of these missions to this day. Last month … we eliminated al-Baghdadi and his heir … We relocated some of our forces in northeastern Syria and the region as a whole to ensure that IS never gets a second wind, to prevent the takeover of “Islamic state “oil fields”, – said Mike Pompeo.
“This coalition … has become one of the most successful multilateral initiatives of this century. We have defeated the dream of the jihadists – a potential terrorist state in the middle of the Middle East – and saved millions of people from unprecedented tyranny, ”added the head of the State Department.