Trump says so-called Islamic State could be completely defeated by next week

Iraqi President

US President Donald Trump described Iran as a "corrupt dictatorship" and "the world's leading state sponsor of terror", saying it would not get nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump said the U.S. military and its allies will probably control all territory once held by Islamic State by next week.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the top military officer in charge of operations in the Middle East, told Senate lawmakers Tuesday he wasn't consulted before President Donald Trump announced a USA withdrawal from Syria.

"When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria".

Earlier this week, Trump said it was important to keep a United States military presence in Iraq so that Washington could keep a close eye on Iran, according to a CBS interview aired on Sunday. "With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs", he said in his highly anticipated 82-minute speech before a joint session of the US Congress, with his main Democratic adversary, new House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, watching over his shoulder.

President Donald Trump has criticized his predecessor's approach to fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), which he said was within a week of total defeat.

"America will continue to lead in giving those who would destroy us no quarter", Pompeo said.

Many members of Congress, including several fellow Republicans, strongly disagree with a plan Trump announced in December to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria on the grounds that the militant group no longer posed a threat.

USA officials have repeatedly warned of Iran's destabilizing activities in Syria and across the Middle East, but officials from Baghdad maintain the US military presence in Iraq is the result of an agreement to combat terrorism, and that keeping an eye on Tehran is not part of the deal.




Before the vote, McConnell said he introduced the bill so the Senate could "speak clearly and directly about the importance of the" missions in Afghanistan and Syria.

"It is not a change in the mission", Pompeo said, adding "our fight will not necessarily always be military-led". "It does not change the structure, design or authorities on which the campaign has been based, it simply represents a new stage in an old fight".

Trump vowed to build the wall, which he insists is needed to stem illegal immigration and smuggled drugs, and said Democratic attempts at "ridiculous partisan investigations" could damage United States prosperity.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., asked West if former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - who resigned over a disagreement with Trump's plan for the Syria withdrawal - was wrong.

Trump's comments appear to have further inflamed tensions in Iraq over the continued presence of USA troops after the defeat of the Islamic State group. "And last fall, we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a country". "We've all agreed that this is a critical national security and humanitarian priority, so now is the time for all of us - not just America - to put our money where our mouth is", Pompeo told the coalition.

Senior officials from Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq were present during President Trump's speech on Wednesday. But President Trump, who credits America's anti-immigration lobby for his 2016 victory, says he is determined to do so.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted foreign ministers at the State Department for talks on ISIS.

'The territory that's been reclaimed is 99 percent, ' he said.

Pompeo said, "To that end, we ask that our coalition partners seriously and rapidly consider requests that will enable our efforts to continue".

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