US President Donald Trump, at the signing of the military budget for the fiscal year 2018, announced the victory of his country over the terrorists of the “Islamic state” in Syria and Iraq.
“As you know, we won in Syria, we won in Iraq. But they (terrorists) spread to other areas, and we pursue them as quickly as they spread,” Trump said.
He stressed that in the fight against the IS, his administration “has made great strides over the last eight months” than the team of former President Barack Obama during his entire period of office. The adopted defense budget will allow the US to continue financing the anti-terrorist campaign. “We will fight and win,” Trump promised.
In recent months, the military and political authorities of the United States and Russia are engaged in a controversial polemic for the right to call their country a winner in the antiterrorist campaign in Syria and Iraq.
On December 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the merits of the Russian military group in Syria in freeing the country from terrorists. “They liberated … practically the entire territory of the country, including places of historical residence of Christians,” he noted.
On November 22, the Russian president said during a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey that “thanks to the efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey, it was possible to prevent the disintegration of Syria, to prevent its capture by terrorists, to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.”
On December 7, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy ascertained the fulfillment of “the task of destroying the bandit formations of the terrorist organization of the IS in Syria, which is being resolved by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”
And on December 11, Vladimir Putin at the Russian military base Khmeimim gave the order to start the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.