Newsweek: The United States must do even more to defeat the Islamic States group.
The president, the top diplomat and even Congress have all spoken about the threat posed by the group, which has been on the march since the U.K. and France began bombing the group’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
But how much has President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson really done to defeat it?
In January, Tillerson said the U,S.
and its allies must “continue to lead a sustained campaign against the Islamic Emirate in the Middle East.”
And the secretary of defense in September said the Islamic group “is the greatest threat to regional stability.”
But we don’t know what the United States and its partners are actually doing to defeat them, or whether they are just making up the numbers.
The Pentagon is still debating what the group is actually fighting for, and some experts say that the United State is doing the most to defeat and ultimately defeat it.
So, in fact, it is the United Kingdom and France who have been more active in defeating the Islamic terror group.
In February, Britain’s defense secretary, Michael Fallon, said the United Arab Emirates had killed 1,800 of the Islamic fighters since taking over Mosul, Iraq in 2014, while France’s defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that French forces had destroyed at least 1,200 Islamic fighters in Mosul.
In April, Tillerson announced a new strategy for defeating the group that focused on destroying the group on the ground and through military action, but he said it was still unclear how effective those efforts were.
And in May, the Pentagon confirmed that the Islamic militants had taken over Mosul.
Tillerson and Le Drians both said that they were confident in the Islamic rebels’ ability to win.
“The only way to defeat this group is to take Mosul,” Tillerson said at the time.
“We are confident in that.”
But Tillerson has also made clear that the U:s allies are not at the front line.
In an interview with the New York Times on Monday, Tillerson made clear he was concerned about the Islamic extremists’ ability “to carry out attacks in the United Nations and other international institutions, and other significant targets.”
In July, Tillerson called on the international community to take more responsibility for the group and to “take action against its leadership.”
But a senior U.N. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Tillerson is not “doing enough” to combat the Islamic militant group.
“There is no clear strategy,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
“There is nothing that has been implemented that is working to counter ISIL.
And that is why we have been concerned.”