UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that in some parts of Iraq and Syria, the militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization have become stronger than they were three or four years ago.
“This is difficult. There are definitely areas where the IS is stronger today than they were three or four years ago, but there is no caliphate, and their ability to carry out external attacks has significantly decreased, we significantly reduced this threat, not completely, but to a large extent “said Pompeo in an interview with CBS.
Since 2014, the United States and its allies have been conducting an operation against the terrorist group IS in Syria and Iraq, and in Syria they are acting without the consent of the country’s official authorities.
In December last year, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria, the total number of which was estimated at two thousand people. It was later announced in Washington that some 400 US troops would remain in the country. Trump has also repeatedly stated the defeat of the “Islamic Caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
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