The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) terrorist group continues its campaign against militants despite the declaration of victory by US President Donald Trump and his decision to pull out forces from Syria.WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 25th December, 2018) The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) terrorist group continues its campaign against militants despite the declaration of victory by US President Donald Trump and his decision to pull out forces from Syria.
On December 19, Trump announced victory over the Islamic State, adding that the fight against terrorist group was the only reason for the US to remain in Syria. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that the United States had started to withdraw the troops from the country, but that the victory over the Islamic State did not mean the end of the US-led coalition in Syria.
"Operation Inherent Resolve continued supporting Coalition partner forces with precision air strikes and coordinated fires to make further progress in the fight against ISIS in the middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria, Dec. 16 - 22. These coordinated attacks destroyed ISIS logistics facilities and staging areas; ultimately this severely degraded ISIS capabilities to maneuver and control their attack formations, but also removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield," the coalition said in a statement.
According to the statement, UK Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, the deputy commander for strategy and information at the Coalition's Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said that the mission of the coalition was to totally defeat the IS, as it still presented a threat to the long-term stability in the region.
The US-led coalition of more than 70 countries is conducting military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq. The coalition's operations in Iraq are conducted in cooperation with the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.